OP? That must be me! What does it stand for - something not too impolite I trust..
OP=Originating Poster or Original Poster... commonly used in forums.
My concerns are how to make sure that I reinstall everything I need - do you know a good way to catalogue programmes, other than writing them all down?
There are many programs to do this... WinAudit, System Information for Windows, Aida32
(old but great... actually the best as far as I'm concerned and it's stand alone... no installation). Everest took over Aida32, but crippled it a bit... Aida32 is better in a lot of ways. I recommend using it for this.
Extract to a folder somewhere
Launch Aida32 program... looks like a computer icon with an "i"
Go to File>Preferences>Report... uncheck everything except "Ask the user" (output method)... click OK
Go to Report>Report wizard>Next
Choose Custom Selection>Next
Uncheck "Aida32-Report"... this will deselect everything in the list
Click on plus sign next to "Software" , then put a check mark in "Installed Programs" and "Licenses".... note that not all licenses are captured... no program I know of can do this.
Click on Next, select "Plain Text", click on Finish, ... Aida32 will generate a text document. Click on "Save to file" and save it somewhere.
Also concerned about reconnecting to my Orange Livebox - I'd like to avoid getting forced into using the Orange utilities which are overbearing.
Not sure how to handle this as I don't use this particular piece of hardware. You might search Google for a way to go about this.
Do you know how to reformat the hard drive using the Seagate software, or do you need the tutorial?