I have to do a clean install of Win 7 on both of my machines, and would like to backup my applications if possible. I already run nightly backups to two external HDs for my files. I know I could save a system image but that wouldn't help when restoring to a new os would it?
Each computer is a unique case so I'll list both situations.
Running vista 32-bit and I might be upgrading to win 7 64-bit (requiring clean install).
I say might because I don't really want to, but I bought 64-bit for my other computer and don't want to purchase 2 versions of the same OS.
My Homemade Gaming Computer
I have Win 7 RC (64-bit) running on it right now. There never was an OS before the RC so I will have to do a clean install here as well.
Any suggestions on the best way to do this? As I said before, my files are backed up I'm just looking for an easier way than reinstalling all my applications (I'm a developer so I have a lot). I really don't want to wait for VS 2008 to install again :)