Originally Posted by spork8655
Thanks for the help, guys (and the welcome). I guess I'll probably try running these individually again, though the thought of doing it again makes me cringe. Talk about a timesuck.
I was kind of thinking about a fresh windows install too, but again, I really would rather not haha. Takes me weeks getting everything right, not to mention repopulating my Steam / Origin installs. Steam backups never work right for me, so it forces me to redownload ~600GB worth of games. Ugggggghh.
Just keep your Steam library on a seperate disk. If you keep those folders and put them where they belong after a reinstall, when you go to download one of the games it will say "discovering local content" or something along those lines and you don't have to redownload anything. My Steam library is over 600GB, if I had to redownload it all just to reinstall my OS I would be one unhappy camper.
That being said reinstalling Windows is a terrible trouble shooting move and really something to try as an absolute last resort. It doesn't fix many problems and think of how pissed you would be to spend all that time just to find you had the same problem. The best thing to do is keep an image with a clean install, then restore that image to a disk you are not using, or image your current install first, and you can see if a reload would fix your problem without risking your current install if it doesn't.