One of the first things i do on my own systems is to mark all folders and files viewable. I did re-set the SVI folder though. Don't want that one accessible at all, just to be safe from myself. LOL
Thanks for the point to hibernate. I don't think I ever looked through those settings all the way.
Have most of the programs I can think of that I need installed - though I'm sure I'll think of a few I missed as time goes along. Now comes the fun of msconfig and disabling startup programs. I don't suppose you know any apps that could help to identify what is necessary for startup and what isn't?
I try and keep programs from installing a start menu folder, but some just don't seem to give you the option. And some, such as Adaware lately, are directed not to, but then I find them there in systray at startup anyway. grrr.