Which is exactly why I unplug my network cable when reinstalling. At least until I get a firewall and anti-virus set up.
And I'm totally enamoured with XPLite
for after installation. Unfortunately with XP (and probably 2000) you can remove the IE core... but it breaks just about everything you'd need for system maintenance. All the MMC apps (all the apps under Administrative Tools) require IE core, as well as Device Manager. But at the very least, you can remove the IE browser, and OE mail client.
I also tried using nLite
to create an iso of my xp cd, that I could selectively remove components, so they never get installed in the first place. It also allows you to integrate a service pack into the installation if you want... unfortunately by doing that, apparently it doesn't recognize my cd key, so I had to just use my normal disc. But definitely when I decide to reformat again, I'm going to check that out. It's nice, because you can even have it integrate drivers for you, and remove drivers that aren't on your system, so they're not wasting space. Can also have it apply some of the Power Toys tweaks, at installation. Even have it rename the Administrator account, and rename the Documents and Settings folder (but doesn't look like it will rename Program Files, unfortunately
And I started using LiteStep again. It was weird having the explorer shell after I reinstalled. I want to find a simple, clean theme that is unobtrusive. I've been using it with the taskbar turned off... since the default Austerity theme's bar is as tall as a double taskbar (ie: it's fucking huge), and that works great, except by turning the bar off, I lose the multiple desktops, and also no system tray (apps on the taskbar are accessed through the "tasks" submenu when you right-click). I'd like to find one that either is bar-less, or has a minimal bar at the very least, but still maintains multiple desktops, and the system tray (or a way to access the system tray quickly).
I think I'll be putting Linux on my laptop whenever I get another. I just got tired of having to constantly boot back into xp whenever I wanted to do something like dvd shrink, or use nero to burn a cd instead of k3b, or xcdroast. And it also sucked whenever WoW would crash (which it's prone to do ... a lot, even in Windows) it'd take down the whole system with it, by way of a hard lockup. Which would also corrupt the fat on the drive, requiring a boot into xp to chkdsk.
My requirments used to be Photoshop, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver ... or suitable alternatives. But now I realize it's a bit more than that :-/ Add DVDShrink, DVD Decrypter, BSPlayer, PowerDVD (Mplayer and Xine/Ogle are ok, but if someone would port BSPlayer that'd kick ass. And the Mplayerplug-in kicked much ass... I loved being able to fullscreen trailers or whatever ... but the lack of windows media 9 support, and the fact that EVERY site containing streaming video seems to be a whore for windows media 9, kinda makes it hard to enjoy any of the video's linked from here or other forums. Xine and Ogle were a bit finicky about dvd's. Some would work just fine, some would crash when loading the menu, and others would fail to initialize the sound (thus producing an error and crashing) when trying to load the movie (even though the previews/menu have the sound working perfectly)), Nero, ACDSee (though Gphoto I think is what I was using, was pretty nice and would be suitable as an alternative), and Winamp (XMMS is nice, but I want my media library, and having to use 2 seperate programs in addition to XMMS, all to do something similar to what Winamp does with one program... is kind of rediculous. XMMS+MADMan+some multi-file renamer/id3 tag editor ~ Winamp :-/ ). And another minor annoyance, some programs refuse to work with split name directories (ie: Program Files instead of Program_Files), while others don't seem to have a problem with them. Adding "'s around the directory name, or the path, or adding \'s to the directory name wasn't working for the programs that just don't want to work with split name directories.
There's probably more that I'm forgetting :-/