Nice to hear you sorted it out!

What I do, and many others as well, is create a mirror backup of the system once you get it how you want like you have now. Then anytime you need to do a clean install you would format the disk and restore the image instead of a new clean install.

Here is a nice free program you can use to do this with
Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

You can also use it to make backups at anytime, every few weeks or so, that way if you don't want to start all over again after adding 3-4 months worth of data/changes to the system you will have that backup to install from instead.