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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Never Again

One of the coolest things about working at Microsoft is having a chance to work with the latest stuff long before the rest of the world.  Case in point: I’ve been using Visual Studio 2010 on Windows 7 for the last three months – years before anybody else.  It’s an exciting place to be.

But of course, one of the difficulties with using pre-beta software is its propensity for bugs.  And that means, lots of re-imaging.  And re-imaging is a pain.

But not any more.  For whatever reason, I never seemed to bother with the backup and restore functionality that comes with Windows.  Until now, that is.  And I will never again re-install from scratch, knowing how easy it is to restore your machine from a spare disk.

Really, what used to take hours now takes no more than 20 minutes – and it just couldn’t be any easier to do.  I will never, ever re-image from scratch any more.  Why didn’t I try this earlier?