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Windows XP reinstall list

I had to wipe down Windows XP on my Dell inspiron and start over. It's been 18 months* since purchase and the system has become completely unstable and very slow. Getting a new motherboard recently probably didn't help any. There was scads of software installed (4 columns deep on the start/programs list). All of it seemed needed.

So, after reinstallation, the system seems stable and faster. Here's what was installed aside from the drivers. This should come in handy the next time I have to do this.

  • WinZip
  • Cygwin
  • Emacs 21
  • IDEA
  • Andale Mono
  • Araxis Merge
  • Gaim
  • Thunderbird
  • Firefox
  • Ultraedit
  • MS Office
  • WinSCP
  • NewzCrawler
  • iPodder
  • Subversion
  • TortoiseSVN
  • A folder of Java stuff (jdks, jini, ant, junit, etc)
  • Python 2.4
  • Apache
  • iTunes
  • WinAmp
  • WinDVD
  • Acrobat Reader
  • updated 31st Jan 2005
    • MySQL
    • Open Office
    • Smart FTP
    • MS Project
    • Visio

* 18 months is the longest I've gone without reinstalling Windows. 8-12 months has been the norm in the past.

January 23, 2005 06:00 PM


(January 24, 2005 12:02 AM #)

Hey Bill, hope you ghosted your drive :D


Richard Rodger
(January 25, 2005 01:53 PM #)

Is WinXP that bad? - if so I'm sticking with my Win2K install for a while yet - 3 years and still nice and fast.

Bill de hOra
(January 25, 2005 07:22 PM #)

"Is WinXP that bad?"

Not really, I tend to be hard on computers (I had the same problems with Win2k and NT)

(January 27, 2005 11:36 PM #)

I think my Win2k (on an Inspiron 7500) is also about 3yrs since a full reinstall, only a couple of partial collapses (twice dead battery). 2.5 columns on start/programs. It is bloody slow ;-)

Elias Torres
(January 31, 2005 05:39 PM #)

I would definitely replace two of those programs with one.

Replace WinSCP and SmartFTP (not free!) for Free: FileZilla.

Diego Pires Plentz
(February 23, 2005 02:22 AM #)

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