Good tip about Disk Cleanup. I'd forgotten about it (out of sight so out of mind) but I think it will be worth creating a scheduled task to run it once a month or so. It just released another 300MB using fairly conservative options. I still think those "temp" folders should be cleaned of anything more than, say, seven days old automatically though.
One "gotcha" occurred this morning. I used to use the now defunct XP Pro machine to "Telnet" across to my Cisco router via a serial port using XP Pro's Hyperterminal program as that provides a convenient way to control the detailed operation of the router's IOS software. Guess what? Yep, Hyperterminal has been removed from all Vista builds. Installing a trial of the latest version from Hilgraeve proved to be a waste of time as, despite it promising Vista support, the trial expired the moment I ran it for the first time. So much for 30 days.
Anyway, here's where I 'fess up to being an idiot.
An early decision when I upgraded to Vista on the big machine a couple of years back was to install Microsoft's Virtual PC 2007
. There are other alternatives, such as VMWare, but the point is that one can install XP Pro, for instance, in such a virtual machine. Then one can use XP Pro to access all those nice NTBackup files created earlier and that are otherwise inaccessible from Vista - I didn't mention that Vista can't read NTBackup files, did I?
In these days of copious hard disk storage I'd certainly recommend installing your OS and previous environment as backed up prior to upgrading to Vista as a virtual machine. It costs nothing as Virtual PC is free as long as you have a suitable licence for the old OS and doing so gives you access to software that won't run under Vista.
Yes, you've guessed it: Hyperterminal works a treat in the VM so I also saved myself the $60 that I would have spent if the latest version Hyperterminal trial I downloaded had worked.