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Yeah same, I might do something in like 5 years or w/e to clean up the registry (on a platter drive)

 

But what need is there for that? :) Besides, will you really go that long with one installation of Windows without ever formatting and starting over?

 

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Healthy practices with a computer > antivirus but thats just personal preference. Especially so when working in Enterprise all I keep hearing about "my computer super slow, why upgrade if its still just as slow" when most of the time its because the scanner was waiting for them to turn on the computer lol

Ugh im glad to be rid of that place thumb.gif

 

Exactly. I haven't used any antivirus for several years now. I absolutely hate how all of them will slow the computer down a little bit. Some less than others, sure, but I still notice it and I still hate it. lol I'm extremely anal retentive about trying to get my computer to be as fast as possible. lol

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I have a terabyte external HD that i'll use for all my back up purposes. and i'll refrain from using any of those maintenance programs. Thanks again for all the help. hopefully i can be as helpful to yall in the future. thumb.gif
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But what need is there for that? smile.gif Besides, will you really go that long with one installation of Windows without ever formatting and starting over?


Exactly. I haven't used any antivirus for several years now. Iabsolutely hate how all of them will slow the computer down a little bit. Some less than others, sure, but I still notice it and I still hate it. lol I'm extremely anal retentive about trying to get my computer to be as fast as possible. lol

I honestly hope so, I dont like having to reinstall everything because Im usually not smart enough to have a LAN driver to fetch the rest of the updates lol

Otherwise yeah, for obvious reasons we had to have antivirus as majority of the users clicked on any and all spam they could lol
    
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I have a terabyte external HD that i'll use for all my back up purposes. and i'll refrain from using any of those maintenance programs. Thanks again for all the help. hopefully i can be as helpful to yall in the future. thumb.gif

 

Even if you find yourself not feeling that you're being as helpful, never worry about it. It's ALL good. :)

 

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I honestly hope so, I dont like having to reinstall everything because Im usually not smart enough to have a LAN driver to fetch the rest of the updates lol

Otherwise yeah, for obvious reasons we had to have antivirus as majority of the users clicked on any and all spam they could lol

 

Yeah, in the workplace, antivirus and other security programs are a must-have. lol

 

Anyway, I haven't needed a LAN driver on a fresh install since Windows XP. :P

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But what need is there for that? smile.gif Besides, will you really go that long with one installation of Windows without ever formatting and starting over?

Registry cleaning? Reinstalling Windows? Neither are necessary. That's what frequent backups are for. If someone is constantly breaking things by installing garbage or blindly trying "fixes" that they find on random internet fora, then that person better have a solid backup plan in place. Likewise, even if that someone is being sensible about using and maintaining said computer, backups are still very important for unexpected problems.

I haven't needed to reinstall Windows or clean the registry since Windows 98. My old P4 ran XP Pro solidly since 2004 on its current installation. I still fire it up every now and then to use my old scanner (with network disconnected of course), and it still runs like a fresh install. My Core2 Duo MacBook Pro has been running a single Windows 7 install since RTM. Before that it ran the public beta (I would have upgraded in place if it was possible) in a triple-boot with OS X and a single XP install. My current main PC has been running a continuous install of Windows 7 Pro for more than 3 years, and that's including a motherboard swap and numerous overclocking adventures. I also have an XP Pro VM that I use for legacy software (again, isolated from internet), and it successfully survived a swap from VMWare to VirtualBox.

All of the above Windows installs have lasted for years (or would have if not for obsolescence) with very little trouble or slowdown over time. I'm not saying that there weren't problems. Heck, I've even broken things on purpose just to see what would happen. However, in the case that a reinstall would be required, a restore from backup is much, much faster. The amount of effort it would take for me to perform a fresh reinstall of all of my software and restoration of all configurations and preferences would take hours and likely make me go postal. Instead, if I need to restore some files, I just mount one of the backup images and grab the previous versions. Likewise if a full system image restore is needed, it only takes about 30 or 40 minutes to complete. The process is completely hands-free once started, and the result is that the entire installation is back to exactly as is was before.

Sorry for the threadjack/rant. I'm not calling out anyone in particular for resorting to registry cleaning or reinstalling Windows from scratch. If that works for you, then that's fine. I just find the culture of aversion to problem solving to be perplexing if not a little aggravating. The internet is full of forum threads started by someone asking for help with a particular problem, and then that person suddenly resorts to reinstalling Windows as if it is just standard operating procedure. Some of them do listen to expert advice when offered, but many of them have little or no patience and jump straight to the last resort. The result is that if someone else searches Google for the same problem, they have to wade through a sea of dead end threads because the hunt for the source of the problem was abandoned. Another trend in many of these dead-end threads is the disturbing number of people who answer "no" to the highly important question: Do you have a backup?
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i made the switch from console to PC just last year. so im still kinda new to how everything works. lesson learned, make constant backups.
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Backups are discretionary, if you feel your data needs to be backed up everyday, then cool. But for most of us I don't think its that dire.

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I can tell you already got it all sorted out, but i would like to say that your original issue is strikingly similar to one myself and others have been having when installing the recent Windows 8.1 Update.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows8_1-windows_install/windows-81-update-causes-black-screen-and/2579d610-f469-4fc5-813c-ff0c14a28c3a
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lol here's yet another reason for me to avoid that silly update.

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