I currently use my main PC running Windows 7 as my HTPC in my bedroom (we have another one in the LR).
Over a year ago, I replaced my system drive with an SSD (120 gigs). In the interest of time, I used a migration software to move everything from my old drive to the new one.
I am now contemplating a clean install to get my system working more efficiently and hopefully faster.
Since all my programs are installed on the system drive due to the migration, I am continually struggling with free space. I typically have just over 10 gigs free. As temp files accumulate, free space goes down.
So when I finally get around to doing a clean install, I plan on installing most programs onto a secondary HDD. A few, like Neat Receipts (which runs notoriously slow) will be installed to the system drive. But for the most part they will get installed onto a different drive.
I am looking for tips to ensure the system performs as quickly as it can. Also any tips to help me make sure I remember to reinstall all my programs (I have a lot) would also be appreciated.
Currently, windows still takes over 60 seconds to get to the login screen, and then another couple of minutes to load everything.
I realize I will lose the ability to play any current recordings that are restricted by Playready (learned that the hard way), so I am trying to make sure they get viewed b4 I do this.
I also have a copy of Windows 8 upgrade. I know many of you hate Windows 8, but I keep reading that it boots faster than 7, and one of our PC's is running it so I am somewhat familiar with it. The upcoming update should make it a bit more like 7 , and I'm not at all opposed to moving to it.
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