So I copied every file of any possible possible value to another computer, and ran the system recovery. The following is a list of what I have re-installed to get the laptop up to speed. The length of list is testament to why I was putting off the re-install!
- Sunbelt Kerio Personal Firewall – the first thing to be installed. A unpatched copy of XP connected to the internet is a magnet.
- Windows Update fixes – all security updates, including Microsoft .NET Frameworks 1.1 and 2.0 and Service Pack 2.
- Adobe Acrobat
- Mozilla Firefox
- Google Talk
- MSN Messenger
Active Sync would not install – the setup would run and then – nothing. I had to run windows in safe mode with networking to successfully install ActiveSync.
Don’t change the computer name, this is set in the PDA and if it has changed from the previous install the sync won’t work straight away. I didn’t bother finding out how to change the computer name in the PDA, I took the path of least resistance and changed the laptop computer name.
- Microsoft Outlook 2002
- WikiD Pad – excellent tool for keeping notes in a free flowing but semi-structured format.
- Java 2 Runtime Environment version 1.5 & Software Development Kit
- Eclipse – for Java development.
- Open Office 2 – free alternative to Microsoft Office.
- FileZilla FTP client
- putty ssh client
- AVG Anti Virus
- Microsoft Office
MSDE 2000 Had grief with installing MSDE – the setup program would hang. The solution was to stop the IIS service during the installation.
After it was installed, my development copy of Shelter Buddy could not connect (”SQL Server does not exist or access denied”) – solution was to run
svrnetcnand enable the TCP/IP protocol (default port is 1433).
- DbaMgr2K – an excellent and free MSDE administration tool.
- Tortoise SVN
- VIM text editor Call me old fashioned, or perhaps Bob for the Dilbert fans out there – this is a left over of my glorious COBOL days.
- SpyBot Search & Destroy