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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 #11 of 30
My name is Goobergump, I've been addicted to deleting c: partitions for about 8 years now. I haven't deleted a c: partition and installed raw in 3 weeks.
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post #12 of 30
Every 5-6 months, usually inline with new hardware purchases. I dont have to do a bunch of backups luckily because the way I have my ssd and HD's set up, all my user files(music, docs, videos, game saves) stay on the Hdd and only the os and a few critical programs are effected by the reformat.

The biggest PITA was reinstalling Oblivion with all the mods. This time I took all my mods and made one huge invalidated OMOD and saved it to hdd. Now its just one mod instead of 70. My games are the only reason I would not reformat more.
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post #13 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by lonnie5000 View Post
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.
This is how I do it as well. cloning a OS drive is so much easier than doing a full install. I just keep my backup copy on an old hard drive.
    
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post #14 of 30
I personally hate to reinstall so I may have to do it every 9 to 10 months.Unless I am having a windows issue.I just don't do it for the fun.
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post #15 of 30
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by ducrider View Post
I personally hate to reinstall so I may have to do it every 9 to 10 months.Unless I am having a windows issue.I just don't do it for the fun.
I'm pretty sure none of us "do it for the fun."
post #16 of 30
I reformat everytime i upgrade my computer (mobo, cpu, etc) which is every year, with acronis or macrium theres no need to "reinstall", just reload the backup and the computer is up and running in some minutes.
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post #17 of 30
I used to do it nearly every two weeks or so, but I've calmed down a bit. Now it's just every few months. No idea why I was so obsessive about it, lol.
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post #18 of 30
When I have to, which is when I'm changing how my OS is partitioned (ie, when I got my SSD) and when Windows starts failing. It happens maybe every year or two usually.
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post #19 of 30
Back in the days of Windows 9x, I used to do it every four to six months. When I switched to Windows 2000 in 2001, I pretty much stopped doing it unless I needed to because of a motherboard switch. There have only been about two times in the last 10 years that I've reinstalled for any other reason than major hardware changes or upgrading Windows to a new version. I went to XP in early 2005 and to Windows 7 late last year. Still use XP on my laptops.
     
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post #20 of 30
You guys are nuts !!! Re-installing windows that frequently??!

I only do it if I am forced to - not on any particular interval. Mine usually runs a good year or two, by which time stuff gets really cluttered or I need an upgrade.
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