Hey guys, THANK YOU for your replies!!!!
To david., Hey paisan...very good warning!! I DO FULLY INTEND to backup ONLY those things that can't be replaced!!! My docs, pics, and only PROGRAM INSTALL FILES THAT I FEEL CONFIDENT ABOUT BEING SAFE!!! I WOULDN'T JUST BACK UP THE WHOLE MESS, DO A CLEAN INSTALL and THEN PUT IT ALL BACK ON C:!!! As you said, if I did that I would be putting whatever is BAD RIGHT BACK ON THE FRESH COPY OF THE OS!!!! I REALIZE that I WILL have a TON of WINDOWS UPDATES TO INSTALL AGAIN THOUGH!!!!
BUT, that being said, I think you were RIGHT to put out that warning since you don't know if I am aware of the fact that backing EVERYTHING UP and then RESTORING THE WHOLE THING AGAIN would bring me right back to where I'm at now!!!! THAT would be a TOTAL waste of a CLEAN INSTALL now WOULDN'T IT??? Thanks bro!!!
Thanks to everyone that replied!!!!!
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