Wondering if anyone has some advice for (more than one) issue I usually have. You see, I typically get everyone's computer problems dumped on me because I am the only technically savy one in my social circle.
I don't typically mess with viruses. mostly because I find that people desperately install everything under the sun to remedy the issue until it snowballs out of control. What I do do is back up all their data and reinstall the OS. (original software discs are nice, but often enough I have to use a retail copy and the original key code) I find it easier to just make everything clean again. before all the toolbars, adware and crap that sticks to Microsoft like a tick. After that is said and done, I install the drivers, dump the data back on and return it to the owner.
not a big deal, but this week I have had two returning computers. I just hate having to do everything all over again. can't I install the OS, the drivers and load it all into an image before adding the data back on? I know that win7 has a built in task that does this. what about xp and the wretched vista?
that way all I have to do is back up the data. run the saved image and dump the data back on? maybe even add firefox to the install and security essentials and such things to make it all easier?