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Spanning all the way back to the Windows 4.0 days, over a thousand times. Being a Client Support Administrator really racked up that tally after wiping and reloading so many systems. I consider re-imaging a drive also reloading windows because it is still a process...a simple one at that, but a process none the less.

-~•~- To go a little off topic, the best drive image you can make for yourself at home is by doing the following:
• Reformat the drive
• Install windows
• Install all hardware drivers
• Run Windows Update till there are no more updates (Install the ActiveX Controls when prompted.)
• Run DirectX Updater from MS (Yes, there are updates that still maintain the recent version number.)
• Install .NET 2.0 and .NET 3.0 (If you need to.)
• Update all hardware drivers / software
• Install any critical programs that you always use and update them
• Install spyware removal tools and update
• Run Windows Update again (.NET patches)
-- Run Office Update if you use MS Office. (Windows Update does NOT update MS Office!)
• The last software to install would be your software based firewall and antivirus and update it
• Then empty your internet cache and run the disk cleanup process
• ...and finally run DEFRAG. (Yes your HDD will be fragmented.)

-~•~- Once DEFRAG completes, create your image and store it on another drive or burn it to DVD. A 100% pure clean -n- fresh image that should last you a good year or two before you should do it all over again!

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For this computer? Its reaching its 1st birthday soon....and I've only popped in the windows CD twice. Once for initial installation , and the other after I replaced my fried ABIT board.
    
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9-10 times in the last 13 months. I had a streak of bad luck in the beginning and another about a month ago that's still going on.
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