The saga that began with a need to reinstall my laptop has progressed quite nicely, and I’m very happy with the results.

My backups didn’t fail me, and my ability to track down old software CDs and serial numbers hasn’t been compromised by the house move between getting the current machine and now.

One thing I did forget to backup was a lot of the samed passwords in IE for various websites. Luckily most of the really important ones I manage through eWise so as long as I don’t loose the USB key with the important data on I’m okay!

One of the nicer aspects of the rebuild is that the machine is running really well again. No demo versions of anything or partly uninstalled trialware to slow things down. I did celebrate with an upgrade to Macromedia Studio 8 which negated the need for a couple of little utilities I used to have lying around.

On the whole it’s gone well. So far I’ve not come across any problems with lost data or apps, and it has made me think about what I actually need as a bare-bones install and what I like to add for a comfort fit.

Now I’ve just got to decide if I want to repeat the process on the PowerBook and the Desktop machine….