I have a 9-month-old Sony Vaio Multimedia computer with 90 GB HDD partitioned to C: drive with 18.6 GB and D: drive with 70 GB. This computer came with c: drive already pre-loaded with about 8 GB of multimedia programs and operating system stuff.
I get my computer replaced every 18 to 24 months to optimise my productivity, and transferring all my specialised software and utilities, with their licence keys, custom settings, incremental update chains, etc, from one computer to the next is always a painful, 2-week task of low productivity. Very expensive! I use this machine daily for CAD and multimedia and specialised ship design and engineering applications, all of which I installed to a separate 'Program Files' folder on D: drive. From past experience I know that c: drive fills up far too quickly if any new applications are installed there. So even after installing all my software and utilities on D: drive, C: drive filled up completely in 9 months of use.
To reclaim space on C: I moved the pagefile to D:, deleted earlier system restore points and uninstalled all earlier versions of programs, which have had newer version updates (e.g. Sun Java leaves all earlier versions in place when installing newer ones). I use C-cleaner daily to clean up redundant stuff.
In cleaning out redundant earlier software versions, one such application was 'Click To DVD', which had 3 versions installed, each of around 150 MB, so I uninstalled the 2 earler versions. When I tried to run it again it wouldn't start up properly with an error message: stating that the menu data had errors. This is a key piece of software for me so I restored the previous system resore point (windows) which returned my earlier Click To DVD versions. But even after the restore, the software had the same errors. The Sony update would not download, nor would it run the previously downloaded updates because it said they were already installed. As a last resort I uninstalled the latest update and then tried to re-install it but it now says that it can't install it because the earlier version could not be found.
I wrote to Sony several times but there was no response. I called the local Sony help line and they said to do a system restore and then do all the updates again (This involves a productivity disruption cost for me far greater than the value of the computer). I tested other software (DVD Architect, U-lead, Creative, Nero, etc) but each had significant shortcomings.
Click To DVD is the right application for my purposes but how can I get it back without costing thousands?
I would be greatly appreciative of any constructive remedies.