Well i became fed up with Windows XP increasingly over the past few months, ever since SP2 came out and seriously fucked up my comfortable little world. Everything, and i mean EVERYTHING was running like a top. I could play HALO whenever i wanted, i had bookoos of MP3s to listen to, i had over 420GB of storage to fill up. Then SP2. No more HALO, even after the hotfix was released. Programs ran on a sketchy basis, sometimes they would, mostly they didn't. So i decided something musta gotten messed up during the upgrade, i'd just start fresh. FRESH install of XP, installed SP2, still had crashes, random program glitches that weren't there before still no gaming, and no happiness. Also no sleep. After doing it once more, installing SP2, I left that install alone, used ParitionMagic and made a 7GB partition, installed XP, with just SP1 that i had on the security update CD released in Feb. That install ran everything like a champ. Decided that Sp2 was the problem, formatted the whole disk again, put a fresh install of XP, plus the SP2 blocker, and Service pack one, plus misc updates. Still had problems. Reformatted again, left it at XPSP1 with no other updates. Running a firewall locked down tight, weekly scans of Adware, and McAfee updated fully, doing a scan every other evening. When i reformatted this time i made 4 10GB partitions and a 20GB (60GB main drive). Dusted off a copy of Win2000 tonight to see how i like using it. hadn't used it in a while, had a copy for nostalgia's sake, figured i'd try. I love how much faster than Xp it runs, but the old interface has got me down. WindowBlinds doens't even fully skin it as promised. Oh well.
Through this whole ordeal, my 200GB Western Dig drive has been reporting various errors, from corrupted MP3s to corrupted documents. not very excited about this new item. Got almost 140GB of shit on there, i'm not about to lose it...well maybe i am, but i'm backing up as much as possible to my 160 Samsung (for $80, thanks newegg!) asap. running chkdsk on it from Win2000 now.
Another night without sleep...I swear i'm buying a Mac this summer.