Holidays! I've just delivered my last project to the client and am taking a full month off, yay! And what better way to celebrate than to upgrade the OS?
I've already tried Win7 once, then returned to XP (with some annoyance) and decided to wait until SP1. SP1 is already at the door, and I have the time now, so I'll be giving 7 another try. So here's where I'm looking for advice:
Suppose I install a piece of software on 7 and then decide to remove all traces of it and return the system to what it was before the installation. I'm thinking in particular of various codecs, which can't always be cleanly removed. As an example, once after installing DivX all my video players started to stutter, and some formats wouldn't play at all - it took some doing to repair that. Basically then, I'm looking for a solution that help avoid crud in the system, including the registry, as well as the Windows and Program Files folders.
Other than disk imaging, what's the optimal choice? (I will be using ShadowProtect Desktop, but restoring the whole drive is still a major, potentially troublesome operation
). Is the built-in System Restore function useful in this regard, or do I need something else? Does anyone have good/bad experience with any tools like that?