|My fav way of speeding up my PC's. Once a month hit the machines with True Image http://www.acronis.com/homecomputin... |
But for me that is easy as all my email is Exchange or IMAP and all of my files reside on my servers which run BSD or Windows Server 2003 R2. But I can still use my Pentium 233 with the Bigfoot 6GB Primary HD and a 1TB HD as a damn fine BSD file server. :) I shift my day to day machines to Netbooks or Macs and looking into using the 10 inch tablets with Window 7 or Tablet XP on them for my daily grind.
If your old computer is your primary machine and your only machine then I strongly recommend the use of a carefully maintained backup and the use of something like True Image ...
What I do is format my computer. Install the OS and main applications. Update everything. Then goto microsoft and go through the updates there (even the ones that aren't on the usual Update server) Once I have everything running nicely I setup my email and other account based software. Once everything is perfect I clear all caches and registry stuff using something like CCleaner and then I pull out True Image and make a snapshot of my perfect system. I use it for a month then go through my backup routines and then put my snapshot back onto my machine. My computer is again running like new and all I have to do is download my emails. :)
Easy once it is setup but very time consuming and geeky to setup in the first place.