I've just got a new computer:
Win XP Pro (English) and Win XP Home (French)
ASUS A7N8X-X mobo
GeForce FX5200 128MB
WD 120 GB 7200 8MB cache (Incidentally, I confidently expect that in the first ten years of operation I'll likely use all the spqce except for maybe 103 GB!!)
The HD has been partitioned C:20 and D:100 with the OSs on C.
I'll be running mostly grpahics programs (Illustrator, Photoshop, AutoCAD, Studio Max...)
I haven't yet connected it to the Internet or networked it with my old P1 233 MMX (which is connected to the Internet)
1. Should I install Ashampoo before anything else.....
........... or is it even necessary on these new OSs? I understood that it helps to avoid deleting shared dll's etc when uninstalling programs that don't have a proper uninstall. It seemed to help on my old system but was pretty slow and cumbersome.
2. Where should I install my applications ......
......... on C with the OSs or on D, where I assume I'll be storing my data? Or should I have yet another partition?
3. I plan to install Belarc (or Aida or Sandra or somebody) which I've found is a nice way to see most of what's on the system, but.......
............ I'm wondering about FreeRAM Lite. With all the extra RAM I have it shouldn't be necessary (Yeh - who's REALLY gonna believe that, eh??!!) but regardless, after using it on my old system I'm not exactly sure if it really achieves anything except to clear out some RAM space if you're in the middle of some heavy operation, say in Photoshop with a million layers open and the system bogs down and you can't save and .... I have the impression that in general RAM data that is not required is simply bumped out by new incoming requirements, except as mentioned above??
I look foward to your responses, especially on 1 and 2 as I'm eager to get rolling.