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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 #21 of 30
I agree.. Using Acronis backups on a secondary drive every 3 months or so. Why not, it takes 10 minutes..
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post #22 of 30
No set Date/time for me tbh, i just do it whenever i feel the OS gets sluggish.
post #23 of 30
I have an image of my OS disk that i reapply every 3 months or so.
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post #24 of 30
Win7 seems to shrug off hardware changes, this install has seen 775 and 1366 and also Crossfire and SLI.
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post #25 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by Awaz View Post
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.
This. I see absolutely no point in the need for a reinstallation unless the system becomes unstable and theres no other solution. I'm pretty good at housekeeping on my pc so it saves me the hassle of reinstalling due to junk too. When I do need to reinstall doesnt usually take that long just copy the appdata folder with all the settings reinstall the programs and copy back the appdata folder. Btw I have all my games installed on a seperate drive to my OS makes it so much easier.
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post #26 of 30
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Originally Posted by Blostorm View Post
Couple months, I love fresh install
doesnt it get annoying having to re-install everything though
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post #27 of 30
I don't remember the last time i re-installed the windows on myself. I've actually never reinstalled the windows on a same system before. I only install new windows on a new rig, use it for a while then sell the whole thing then install windows on a new rig. I've never had any problem that serious enough to force me re-installing the windows.
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post #28 of 30
Luckily, with Win8 we won't need to reinstall anymore. Just press the 'reset to factory defaults' button.
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post #29 of 30
Typically I reinstall every couple of years. I'm careful about what I install and I uninstall programs I don't use and clean the registry regularly. I find bit rot and bloat tends to take hold every couple years so a reinstall is needed. Reinstalling every year or less doesn't appeal to me. I don't usually see that after a year performance had degraded much at all unless you are constantly installing and uninstalling programs.
post #30 of 30
Fresh install is always so nice. Everything is snappy again! Still, I rarely do that unless I'm doing extensive hardware changes or my system is really pissing me off. Already reinstalled Win7 to my new SB rig 3 times since March....
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