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Hello-

what are your guys thoughts on reinstalling operating systems regularly? its around the 6month mark when I begin thinking about reinstalling Windows 7 on my desktop. I've never really done it for a particular reason other than I like having (fresh) starts. Thoughts?
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There's really nothing wrong with it. I actually like doing the same sometimes. If your OS is having bluescreen errors an/or is sluggish and gives errors then it will take care of that. I may be OCD about it but the "fresh start" is a good reason in my book. For me though it can be a pain because of all the software and drivers that need to be re installed.
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post #3 of 28
Especially with Windows, it has been suggested to do a reinstall every once and a while. I believe however that if you can keep the OS clean you will not really get much of a benefit from wiping every 6 months. You may need to reinstall but not in such short increments.
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I don't re-install 7 on a regular basis, but I tend to do it at least once every year. Before, I didn't bother reinstalling because I couldn't afford to lose all my documents (and I forget to back them up too) and my music and my other software. But now I just use Google Drive to store my documents, and my music files are now kept over a network USB drive. And most of my games that I play get downloaded overnight. So I can afford to do a re-install regularly, but I don't do it unless there's a problem with my computer.
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I'll do it about once every 2 or 3 years. Previously installed programs tend to leave a lot of clutter and old folders that tick off my OCD.
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post #6 of 28
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I'll do it about once every 2 or 3 years. Previously installed programs tend to leave a lot of clutter and old folders that tick off my OCD.

I know the feeling. I'm a linux user, of course, and one of the things I like about apt is a little command:
Code:
su -c 'aptitude purge ~c'

this removes broken configuration files from uninstalled programs. that and things like aptitude install -f, deborphan, etc. makes maintenance of a debian-based system a piece of cake to run indefinitely. pacman also, it removes the files (and places them in a cache, a package manager trash can if you will) normally I reinstall anyway because I change my mind about what distro I want, but with dist-upgrade there is no reason to ever need to reinstall debian/ubuntu systems, and distro's like arch or gentoo which are rolling release in nature never even have that problem. just pointing out if you were using linux it wouldn't be an issue. the OCD issues that tick you off bother me, but are easily fixed.

In terms of reinstall on linux, even if you decide to do it if you have a different /home partition then you can mount that and have all of your personal files still there. that and a simple list of packages to feed into the package manager, it takes an hour at most to start the reinstall and get everything done and setup the way you like it.

I had to install windows for a linux/windows benching project I'm doing, and I don't know how you people put up with it. the install asked the same questions, yes, but the actual extracting of the files, the decompressing of the files, and the installing of the files took like 10x longer then it ever did on linux. it was dead, dead slow! that said, unlike the normal needing to install drivers on windows, the network, bluetooth, and even the correct screen res came out of the box, so I'm not looking down on it as much as I did, but still a lot lower then any other OS.
post #7 of 28
I've been using the same install since I built this thing just over 2 years ago. Zero problems and have no reason or intention of doing a fresh install any time soon. Don't fix it if it ain't broke. Keeping up with maintenance stuff probably helps alot. I run ccleaner and malwarebytes once a week, defrag once a month.

Admittedly I would like to do a fresh install but my internet where I live is terrible and it would take a week or two to redownload and get it back to where I have it now. Don't want the downtime.
Edited by Tadaen Sylvermane - 1/6/13 at 4:16pm
 
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I guess it depends on weather I think I need to or not, but a fresh windows install always feels so much cleaner. Lately I've just been doing it every time I change any of my drives.
post #9 of 28
Used to do it regularly due to having a slow CPU, but now with a gaming rig, I don't do it unless windows breaks.
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post #10 of 28
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Hello-

what are your guys thoughts on reinstalling operating systems regularly? its around the 6month mark when I begin thinking about reinstalling Windows 7 on my desktop. I've never really done it for a particular reason other than I like having (fresh) starts. Thoughts?

In my opinion it's a pointless exercise which harps back to the "Wild West" days of Windows when the OS had zero inbuilt security nor management utilities, when Microsoft left developers unchecked and when users were largely idiots. These days the first two are less applicable and users on this forum should be smart enough to clean up their own installs so not to need a complete reformat.

On Linux, reinstalls are doubly pointless as the OS management tools for Linux are significantly more advanced than their Windows counter parts (but then that's largely down to the fact that Linux is largely built by system administrators for system administrators, and that Linux isn't afraid to break backwards compatibility to implement new features (in fact I'd say this was one of Linux's biggest faults from an end users perspective).
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