As developers, i guess were not the normal system users. I for one have a large amount of programs on my system, from those used for testing to developing software. Despite the improvements in windows, all the tinkering and constant modifications to the system takes its toll, for me it seems to be around six months before my system is no longer stable or starts acting up and is ready for a clean install.
I think we’ve all been through this scenario, over the years i (as many) have developed many techniques for restoring all my settings after an OS re-install, from the usual separate partitions for data to dedicated ones for program settings e.g. I run Outlook from a separate partition, after a re-install I change a few settings and alls back to the norm in no time, same goes for similar progs..
Saying that I wish there was a better way, such as an ‘Application Bucket’. In which when applications are installed they preserve all their data and settings in one location (a bucket), this may be useful in a few ways, first apps wont clutter up the windows registry, instead will have mini-registries of their own (allowing the windows registry to be more secure and possibly protected) and secondly it would allow apps to run after a re-install without any problems (virus checkers and system apps are a separate case).
Furthermore these buckets could hold additional windows data e.g. where you prefer the start menu items to be …etc so after a re-install windows could check for the presence of these Application Buckets and configure them accordingly..
Well i had my rant, is it just a wishful
concept or does in have merit ?