Just make sure you have all the install media for those programs, any licensing info you may need, as well as copies of the latest drivers for any hardware. Then it's just a matter of backing up everything else you wouldn't want to lose and pulling the trigger so to speak.
A couple of months ago my desktop started to behave very strange; first of all I lost my communication with the Internet (my laptop using the same router still worked), some of the Office (2003) programs ceased to work and the sound was gone. But, at the same time many programs are still working: many photoediting programs (i.e. Photoshop), Sibelius (music notation software), scanner-programs (i.e. Vuescan) etc. Re the ?sound? I found that if I uninstall ?Realtek High Definition Audio? via the Control Panel before I shut down the PC the ?sound" is back when I start it the next time! Strange!
Although I have a decent backup-program (Acronis True Image 11) the backup was of no use ? sorry. A good friend of mine took a closer look at the PC trying to repair the Windows XP Pro ? installation without any success. He recommended a reinstall.
Well, since this is the first time I have to do a reinstall I need some good advice on how to prepare for the reinstall in order to get it right. I understand it will take some time and since I currently have over 200 programs installed minimizing the time for reinstall is also important. On the other hand I know there are people who ?has been there, done that? that can give valuable advice for a newbie. I?m also aware there are many tools that can be used to shorten the process. A couple of programs that maybe can be of some help is still working on my PC: ?All my Programs?, ?Belarc Advisor?, ?SIW?.
Re the system disk (C in my case) I will replace it with a new disk and keep the old one as an extra HDD.
Any advice/tip how to prepare for the reinstall of XP are very much appreciated.
Sorry for the lengthy post!