I've found, through having a system built by Weric and the instruction of O-P, that the absolute BEST way of managing a PCLinuxOS/Linux system is to simply make sure the installation is done on one hard drive with three partitions.
In the past, I've installed EVERYTHING on one partition and it makes it a bit more difficult to re-install and upgrade, IMHO.
Simply partition your hard drive into three pieces. The first partition should have mount point "/" (root). the second partition should have mount point of /home. The third (and smallest) should be Swap.
Then install PCLinuxOS.
Now, the next time around when you need to upgrade or reinstall, you'll have the option of installing to root and leaving the /home untouched. Your documents will be intact and all you need do is move those files into a new user account (so configuration files in the /home directory don't conflict with the new install).
I just did this last week, again, with O-P's invaluable help. Worked wonderfully well!