Getting Rid of Dell Bloatware. 1825
Getting Rid of Dell Bloatware. 1826
I know... my first Mac had 128k (yes, k) RAM, and a 400k floppy (as in really cool floppies as we know them now, which aren't nearly as cool these days) that...
Getting Rid of Dell Bloatware. 1827
I wonder if I can outdo you regarding early computers. I had a Commodore VIC 20. - in fact it's in a box somewhere in my basement. It has 5K of RAM...
Actually, I am backing up the contents of my 'C' drive (an image of the OS once it is installed). I typically do several of these backups during a fresh installation. Once when the OS is first installed, once after all drivers are updated, and once after my main applications are installed. I find this is effective because if I screw up a driver installation I can simply revert back to the fresh OS install without having to re-install the OS. Alternately, if I install some unfamiliar software and am unhappy with it, I'd just as soon restore the latest backup as uninstall the application.
The 'C' backup-clone is solely for the purpose of an easy system restore. I hate having artifacts from (un)certain softwares after an uninstall. In case of a system re-install, it saves me hours (upon hours) of work. I try new software(s) with no fear. My 'D' backup is totally separate, with the purpose of backing up my data.
And for the record, my last 'new' computer was a Pentium II, purchased in 1998, with Windows 98. I used the same procedure with that computer, with excellent results. This system actually came with C,D,E,and F parbreastions (2 GB each) :)