How to keep a windows machine clean?
I just spent quite a bit of money on a new laptop and Windows 7. My previous XP box died of the dreaded OS rot after about 3 years, the old laptop didn't come with anything but a laptop restore disc, and this is why I bought a full version of Windows 7 Ultimate, so that I could repair my installation correctly.
I know that Windows is a poor-choice for an OS, but there are too many good programs that I rely on that only run on Windows so I'm kinda stuck with it for now.
I've made a complete-pc backup-image of the computer in hopes that later when the OS/Registry rots, I can restore this image (hopefully somehow not loosing my files and everything else).
I also use the following PC Tools pay products to try and keep my new laptop healthy:
- Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus 10 (paid subscription)
- Firewall Plus (unregistered free edition)
- Registry Mechanic (paid subscription)
Is there anything else I should know about re-imaging my PC correctly to defend it from the dreaded OS rot?