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Is a reformat+fresh install still the norm?

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My gaming computer in my sig rig is turning 1 year old today. (Technically its the anniversary of the PSU with the other components falling just behind it.)

Is it still the norm to reformat + do a fresh install of your OS after a certain amount of time? Or has the speed of SSDs largely negated any benefits that might gained by doing so?

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No! Please no!
There is no reason to reform + reinstall if you can keep your computer tidy.
1) Don't shift+delete software. Uninstall it. And once you uninstall something, make sure the registry is clean of leftover entries;
2) Don't keep broken shortcuts;
3) Cache stuff;
4) Keep your Temp folder somewhat clean;
5) Clean dust.

There is more, I'm sure.

I have a Windows 7 installation that is still perfectly functional since December 2009 and I even changed all my hardware while keeping it (Mobo/RAM/CPU/GPU and I did some really bad lol-stuff to my HDD when I RAIDed it but essentially I kept it intact).

Edit: Typo. Also, The Binding of Isaac ftw!
Edited by fragamemnon - 9/3/13 at 12:19am
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It depends on how your system is running. If the performance has degraded severely then you may need to check why... maybe a format will resolve things. With regards to the SSD, maybe there are issues not directly related to the SDD that can be resolved with a format.

For example, I was having high CPU and GPU temps (idle @ 60-65c) on my laptop. I re-pasted the CPU and GPU twice, but they were still high. The performance was OK, but gaming was severely degraded. After formatting, my temps were idling @ 35-40c. I guess there was something malicious using my resources.

So, i don't think it is a case of if you have an SSD or not - it depends on how your machine is running...
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Originally Posted by fragamemnon View Post

No! Please no!
There is no reason to reform + reinstall if you can keep your computer tidy.
1) Don't shift+delete software. Uninstall it. And onnce you uninstall something, make sure the registry is clean of leftover entries;
2) Don't keep broken shortcuts;
3) Cache stuff;
4) Keep your Temp folder somewhat clean;
5) Clean dust.

There is more, I'm sure.

I have a Windows 7 installation that is still perfectly functional since December 2009 and I even changed all my hardware while keeping it (Mobo/RAM/CPU/GPU and I did some really bad lol-stuff to my HDD when I RAIDed it but essentially I kept it intact).

Yeah, good points... you should maintain your PC as best you can... but sometimes it is just better to format
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Interesting... Thanks for the replies. I remember when doing a fresh install of your OS was a good thing. But then I also remember how much a hassle PATA ribbon cables were and that doing a fresh install of XP was often the easiest way to fix the slow downs that accrued over time.

That being said, I ask only out of curiosity. My SSD+Windows 7 are still working nicely.
 
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post #6 of 6
My Windows 7 installation has been running for over 4 years now without a hitch, and I've changed my CPU and GPU during that time.

So unless you really do something to mess it up, no reformat/reinstall should be necessary.
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