Every once in a while, you'll be faced with a reinstall of windows.
Its always a hastle and time consuming. There are some ways to ensure that it can be done quickly and painlessly, but each approach has their caveats.
For example, you can create an installation medium and slipstream your apps and settings into it, but this only works for as long as you have this pc and operating system version (lets assume windows here).
Its not that you reinstall on a monthly basis, so the effort put into a slipstreamed os is just not worth the effort.
Then there's the option to create an image after install with all the necessary bits installed already, but this is basically the same as slipstreaming, having the same caveats, it just gets outdated.
Creating a backup regularly (or image) allowing you to go back to that point is an option, but usually a system can degrade over time and a backup is not an option then either because you may not want to lose certain things that have been done which means you have to backup them first, perform the restore, do all the tasks to get it back in line which may take as much time as a complete reinstall, where a reinstall is the preferred method then.
Then there is the ability to use 2 windows at the same time, such as inside a virtual machine or through a remote desktop connection (terminal server environment) but the problem is that if that windows fails, you still have to reinstall that. True, its less work, and inside a vm or remote desktop connection, CPU heavy programs just won't work.
There is also the ability to use portable programs which basically mean, as long as they remain on your harddrive, you do not need to install them after a fresh installation.
And certain commonly used tools can often be installed by a main installer such as Ninite or PatchMyPC.
I currently do use a terminal server where I have my webbrowser, email and a fileserver for my files. Some other programs that I daily are on there too, such as chatting, office tools and pdf viewer.
So a reinstall of windows means, I just install Remote Desktop Connection Manager, load my rdcm file and I can continue to work with email and browsing and stuff.
I still have to install programs such as steam, drivers, windows updates etc and CPU heavy programs and some games seperately.
This means I am still installing for a good few hours for a reinstall.
One or the things that takes the most time, is my music environment. I have different VSTi's, and some of them require installation in order to work. Does anyone have tips to make this process less of a burdon?
They are VSTi's that I bought and have some form of license verification, so apart of installing them, I usually also have to insert their serial code somewhere.
How do you go about this? Do you have created a dedicated place where your audio environment is that you simply never need to reinstall? Did you find a way to make installing them less of a hastle?
I'm curious. Thanks.