Analogy > If SBIE is a world-class, hi-speed motor vehicle (& it IS),
then I'm currently tooling around the parking lot with it ...
but I do have a little whiff of where it's gonna take me when I REALLY learn to drive it !
It was obvious to me before using SBIE about the benfits to trial-install progs, etc.,
but I didn't count on the invaluable schooling I would get about Operating System structure/function
Installing MS_Word in a fresh box today, I get to see every_THING the install does,
as well as every_WHERE it does it - 'cause there's no one or no-thing else in there
to sort out, push aside, or click around.
Now I can follow along and begin to understand what the various %system%\Common Files are about,
as well as all the other crap that's installed under
%user%\Application Data\ & %user%\Local Settings\Application Data.
And so I can trim 50+ MB out of the install just by cleaning up temp files left behind,
as well as stuff I just plain don't need/don't want.
So what? Well, it makes the system load faster, run faster,
and results in a smaller partition with which to create/re-install a backup image (3-5 minutes for 3-4 GB).
Plus, how much faster/less hassle is this than a VM ?
Thanks again & again - my $$ are on their way.
and 1 hour later, now I'm a happy card-carrying member/supporter-customer