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How often do you reformat and reinstall Windows?

Poll Results: How often do you reformat and reinstall Windows?

 
  • 22% (13)
    Every 1-4 months
  • 23% (14)
    Every 5-11 months
  • 25% (15)
    Every year
  • 16% (10)
    Every 2+ years
  • 11% (7)
    Never
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post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 
Just curious...

Last fresh install was in January of 2011.

I feel like it's time to reformat and start fresh.
post #2 of 30
Just redid mine yesterday because of new mobo/CPU.
    
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post #3 of 30
About twice a year. I don't do a complete reinstall. I use Acronis Western Digital edtion. I just made a backup of a fresh intall and restore it when I feel the need. It takes about 10 minutes and vioila, fresh install.
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post #4 of 30
Couple months, I love fresh install wink.gif
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post #5 of 30
Generally every year, in the summer since it takes a while to get all my stuff back on it.
Unless a new version of windows is coming out, ex i used vista right up until 7RTM
    
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post #6 of 30
Far too often tongue.gif I try not to do it as often now that I actually the storage space for backups though. Old habits will always get to me though and I generally just back up my music and documents and what not and then just reinstall Windows.
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post #7 of 30
Thread Starter 
I have a second HDD for all my applications while my OS itself is on my SSD, if I reformat and reinstall on the SSD only do I still need to reinstall all those applications? Or will they just work from the other drive?
post #8 of 30
never I use Linux
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post #9 of 30
never seems to be the proper answer to me as I do not plan to reinstall windows on this rig nor have I reinstalled. I'll probably have to reinstall it someday but i prefer not to.

Windows 7 seems less prone to the shenanigans my computers were up to during the XP era.
 
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post #10 of 30
Perhaps every 6 months.

But if I treat my *nix installations as I treat my windows installations, I'd reinstall them just as frequently, I should think.
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never I use Linux

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