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3months for me
    
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I only reinstall if it becomes unbootable and I can't fix it. Nothing really goes wrong so I don't really see a need to reinstall. Then again I typically just install a set few software at the time of a fresh install and never expand too much beyond that.
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I only format if my HDD is corrupted. Other then that I know how to maintain my pc.
I think that these guys that constantly reformat just don't know what they are doing. "Reformat" always seems to be the default OCN answer to every problem that ever comes up. Nobody has the patience to actually FIX the problem they have and just want instant gratification. I have 4 Windows 7 computers and all of them are on the same original install since W7 was released. All of them work excellent. Have they had a few problems here and there? Yes, but I actually took the time to do whatever needed to be done to correct the problems.
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I think that these guys that constantly reformat just don't know what they are doing. "Reformat" always seems to be the default OCN answer to every problem that ever comes up. Nobody has the patience to actually FIX the problem they have and just want instant gratification. I have 4 Windows 7 computers and all of them are on the same original install since W7 was released. All of them work excellent. Have they had a few problems here and there? Yes, but I actually took the time to do whatever needed to be done to correct the problems.


I do this all the time at work... get so annoying. (End User Support For Bestbuy/Geeksquad) Almost 8/10 times bestbuy employee or geeksquad calls us. They demand us to reimage the hard drive, like its just going to solve all their problems. and most Of the time we do it for them to make them happy, then what? Turns out its a hardware issue. Guys, reformatting isnt the cure for everything.
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I think that these guys that constantly reformat just don't know what they are doing. "Reformat" always seems to be the default OCN answer to every problem that ever comes up. Nobody has the patience to actually FIX the problem they have and just want instant gratification. I have 4 Windows 7 computers and all of them are on the same original install since W7 was released. All of them work excellent. Have they had a few problems here and there? Yes, but I actually took the time to do whatever needed to be done to correct the problems.
Agreed, the other day my laptop decided to BSOD on the 7 loading screen, After hours of trying to fix I didn't just decide to "slap the disk in", I managed to get it running in the end.
For me anyway, Reformatting is just too much hassle and effort as everything is how I like it now and there just routine in everything I do and everything I store, A format would just disrupt things.
   
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haven't formatted since '06

no slowdowns at all..slowdowns is from user error and poor maintenance
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haven't formatted since '06

no slowdowns at all..slowdowns is from user error and poor maintenance
   
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Im backing up files now ready to re-format
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so basically after installing a fresh copy of Windows I can use my previous image and will it automatically activate the new Windows and everything? Also, it won't slow down "loading" a old OS onto a new one?
Oh no, you misunderstood me. Creating an image of the drive copies the drive in its entirety to a file, including the windows installation.

Basically setup Windows how you like it, and activate it. Then create an image of it. Now instead of reinstalling all the time just restore the image. Macrium can create a bootable LiveCD that will be able to restore your image to your hard drive or a new hard drive should your original one die.

It will already be activated and fully functional just like how you had it set up previously.

You will never go through the Windows install again through this method. And it will not have problems (unless it was screwed up while you were setting up your initial install). When you restore an image, Windows will be as fresh as the time you created the image.
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Everyone says every 6 months is good, while others say you never need to reformat if you keep your PC clean and organized. Comments?
every Week.

Just buy off ebay an old 40GB hard drive and install windows onto it and install all the programs you need and then don't even use it. when ever you want to reformat, reformat your main drive and copy everything over from the 40GB drive and you can keep doing in and it only takes like 30 mins


as for important documents. Back it up on Floppy.
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