Saturday, July 27, 2013

Reinstalling Windows

So I just went through the pretty painful process of reinstalling Windows 7 on my laptop. I decided to buy a SSD drive and thought the best option would be a clean install. Sadly it took 2 days for Windows to install all its updates. I think I must have rebooted my laptop about 10 times or more in total to get it up to the latest patched version. I decided to write this blog entry just to track the software I installed after loading Windows. So here goes:

  • Drivers, drivers and more drivers
  • JRE
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • VMware
  • Office 2013
  • Dropbox
  • Picasa
  • Notepad++
  • VLC
  • 7-Zip
  • Gadwin Print Screen
  • MobaXterm
  • Nitro PDF Reader
Doing this whole process make me realise what a painful operating system Windows really is. Ideally installing all this should not take this long and the Windows update process is just an absolute pain. Going forward lets hope Windows 8 and it's app store can make life a little easier when it comes to reinstalls.