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There isn't much point unless you don't have a good PC.
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There isn't much point unless you don't have a good PC.

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Got to love the linux mentality!! wheee.gif
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I personally reinstall my Acronis image every 4 months or so for Win 7. IDK, takes about 30 minutes and feels like a new pc again. I also run Win 8 Pro, but rarely even boot it. My OSX 10.8 install I have backed up but, only reinstalled it one other time via Time Machine and had to reload Chimera for it to work. :/
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post #15 of 28
I do this every 6 months.

I install everything. Take an image with Acronis and that's it.

When i need to reinstall i just refresh from the image. Job done!
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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.

For the record if you're willing to spend the time customizing you can in fact speed up the windows install process including having all the updates and runtimes installed as well as drivers, settings like the resolution etc. This was kind of a hobby for me a few years ago (with XP). I even wrote a utility to speed up the process of creating a scripted XP install smile.gif

For me installing a custom/stock Windows 7 OEM actually goes incredibly fast. Like less than 10 minutes, even on a slow laptop...so I'm not sure why it was so slow for you...Maybe there's something wrong with the media you're installing it to (or from). It's even faster if you install from a another disk (thumb drive or another HDD on a sata port).

My uncustomized Ubuntu server installs on the other hand...man, I need to customize that stupid install. I should mention I'm still in the infancy of my linux server adventure.

If you fully slipstreamed/scripted a 7 install you could have that thing up and running and ready to go in the same amount of time as a linux machine (or reasonably close therein).

To answer the OP the last few years I've only been doing this when it seems like it really, really needs it. I think my last install went for probably 18 months or so. But I waited entirely too long.
 
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post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by jrl1357 View Post

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.

For the record if you're willing to spend the time customizing you can in fact speed up the windows install process including having all the updates and runtimes installed as well as drivers, settings like the resolution etc. This was kind of a hobby for me a few years ago (with XP). I even wrote a utility to speed up the process of creating a scripted XP install smile.gif

For me installing a custom/stock Windows 7 OEM actually goes incredibly fast. Like less than 10 minutes, even on a slow laptop...so I'm not sure why it was so slow for you...Maybe there's something wrong with the media you're installing it to (or from). It's even faster if you install from a another disk (thumb drive or another HDD on a sata port).

My uncustomized Ubuntu server installs on the other hand...man, I need to customize that stupid install. I should mention I'm still in the infancy of my linux server adventure.

If you fully slipstreamed/scripted a 7 install you could have that thing up and running and ready to go in the same amount of time as a linux machine (or reasonably close therein).

To answer the OP the last few years I've only been doing this when it seems like it really, really needs it. I think my last install went for probably 18 months or so. But I waited entirely too long.

ubuntu's a poor example, it's one of the more bloated and oddly configued OSes. but even at default it's faster. if a bit harder to get used to (for that use mint). I personlly have used many distro but tend to stay away from *buntus in general. although mint and some other *buntus are good for beginners. as for windows 7, it's lack of shared libs, package management and a host of others things means it never going to be smaller in the disk/ram part and I don't think you can argue with that. my slow time could be due to slow internet, but, I am using a major ISP for my area, a mid-populated (if neglected canadian) area. many people would have those type of problems and no linux distro takes that long to update. I'm just not willing to spend time stripping down windows when 1. even stripped down it's not as fast or light as *nix 2. *nix still has a better design and package management system (or maybe window's lack there of) 3. distros already stripped down are plentiful 4. no viruses 5. open source 6. linux has better design in general, meaning no file/uninstalled program bloat (so back to this thread no need to reinstall) and no need to fetch many drivers.

and the biggest is simple, and kind of funny. so many windows users say 'linux doesn't have the software I need' but for me, so much of the windows systems are simply sub-par. x windows and the window managers around that are so much better then microsofts window design, security in windows is laughable, and even simple programs like text editors, terminals, etc. it's very hard to find windows software of quality that comes close to many in the *nix world. The reason is simple. *nix users care. most windows users do nothing on the inside of the OS. why should they? beyond what you do there not much to do in microsofts closed shackle ware
post #18 of 28
It's OK to do it, and it can be useful in certain situations, but in general I personally feel it is actually a poor practice. I could elaborate, but no one is going to listen anyway.


Of course, I'm always willing to reply to a PM hint hint wink wink.
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post #19 of 28
HA its about every 3 months for me with windows 7.....I love the fresh start.....i can have the OS and all my apps installed in a few hours...I did the whole image thing for a while but I found that my software needs changed too often so now I just reinstall everything I am currently using...it sucks to lose game saves though...
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HA its about every 3 months for me with windows 7.....I love the fresh start.....i can have the OS and all my apps installed in a few hours...I did the whole image thing for a while but I found that my software needs changed too often so now I just reinstall everything I am currently using...it sucks to lose game saves though...

I'm resisting the urge the reply to jrl1357 for fear of sending this thread veering of the road (self control in my "old age").

Anyway I'm starting to have fun with symbolic links in Windows 7, using the built-in mklink command. What you can do is move you save game folder to your [dropbox |google drive|sky drive| et al.] and then make a "folder junction" to the place the game expects to see them. This way every time you make a save it's auto-magically saved and will be downloaded once more on a different PC/fresh windows install (I happen to fall into a convenient 25 gigs on MS sky drive so I'm doing this right now with an entire installation directly of Baldur's gate 1/2, about 5gigs biggrin.gif .) If there isn't already a guide for something like this on OCN I'll have to try and write something up.

A similar method could used for saving the latest versions of software installers (MSIs and the like) and then scripted to do all your installing for you. That's what I'd do if I was installing every 3 months... When i was in college I would re-install NT4 at least that often (didn't know scripting back then though rolleyes.gif )
 
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