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Alright, so basically, after a good while after when I saved it in my BIOS, I tried my hand at stability testing an OC I didn't have time to test. I was greeted with my login screen, so I figured it BSOD'd on me and then reset. So I switched it back into stock and tried to boot again. But then, whenever I tried to start it up, it'd always BSOD before I'd get to the desktop.

After some mucking around in safe mode, I had the crazy idea to try booting with the not-so-stable OC settings on (I was able to check it when it was 6 hours in, it was fine), and it worked.

I figured my problem was that I might've left my OC settings on for a while before now, and I might've installed some startup apps while they were on. I read that it's not advisable to OC before installing Windows, so does this apply to apps?
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Assuming they installed correctly the first time you shouldn't have an issue running them on any (stable) setting, this goes for windows as well. The only things that can cause BSODs or app crashes are unstable OCs or bugs/errors in the installation (which can be the result of unstable OCs). The second is rather rare, I've only had it be the cause on one occasion with MSI afterburner.
    
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Assuming they installed correctly the first time you shouldn't have an issue running them on any (stable) setting, this goes for windows as well. The only things that can cause BSODs or app crashes are unstable OCs or bugs/errors in the installation (which can be the result of unstable OCs). The second is rather rare, I've only had it be the cause on one occasion with MSI afterburner.
Hmm, I see... The hard part is that I don't know for exactly how long I had that setting on, or what startup apps I've installed by then. I wouldn't have thought there'd be a problem since the installs worked just fine the first time around. I'm completely sure it was on stock when I installed Windows, though, so I hope it's still savable.

I'm just hoping that the reset while I was stability testing was for other reasons, thus meaning that my OC settings are stable. (it passed 3 hours of OCCT with large data sets) But I guess it's better to be safe than sorry, so I thought of my options. Here's what I thought of so far:

A. Recalling and uninstalling EVERY app I installed since January (rough estimate) and trying again on stock.

B. Clonezilla backup. Then reformat, and reinstall Windows, and maybe make one partition for a dedicated "benching and testing" install.

Kinda OT, but I'm also wondering if Steam is tied to the registry or anything, so I'd know if I can just use a previous install for Steam without making a new one and having to copy my steamapps folder. Also, would torrent downloads be corrupted from an unstable OC? I figured that they have some built-in hash checking to avoid that, but I'm asking to make sure.

Thanks for the feedback; will be repping soon...
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Things I do I immediately do after my computer BSODs or shuts down badly.

In command prompt:

Chkdsk -checks integrity of file system, has de-borked my system multiple times, even once when it was unbootable (used recovery console thingy)

sfc /scannow -Scans the windows installation files for integrity violations

Registry Cleaner (free one here: http://download.cnet.com/Eusing-Free...-10521691.html)

Steam is tied to the registry, but you can just copy your steamapps folder between installations, even on different computers, it works flawlessly. Assuming your unstable OC didn't interrupt torrent write operations I would assume that your torrents would be intact.

Another thing worth noting:
Go to device manager, click your drives, and turn off write-caching on all of them. This will decrease read/write times but it drastically reduces the chance of corrupting data. This is especially useful when doing stability testing.
    
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Things I do I immediately do after my computer BSODs or shuts down badly.

In command prompt:

Chkdsk -checks integrity of file system, has de-borked my system multiple times, even once when it was unbootable (used recovery console thingy)

sfc /scannow -Scans the windows installation files for integrity violations

Registry Cleaner (free one here: http://download.cnet.com/Eusing-Free...-10521691.html)

Steam is tied to the registry, but you can just copy your steamapps folder between installations, even on different computers, it works flawlessly. Assuming your unstable OC didn't interrupt torrent write operations I would assume that your torrents would be intact.

Another thing worth noting:
Go to device manager, click your drives, and turn off write-caching on all of them. This will decrease read/write times but it drastically reduces the chance of corrupting data. This is especially useful when doing stability testing.
Duly noted. Thanks a million.

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Just one last thing: from my two options, which one seems more viable?
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I would probably do this:
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A. Recalling and uninstalling EVERY app I installed since January (rough estimate) and trying again on stock.
I usually can remember stuff like that and do it fairly quickly since my job pretty much consists of doing that on a daily basis.
    
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Hope memory serves me right later, then...

Anyways, you've been real awesome. Thanks dude!
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Hope memory serves me right later, then...

Anyways, you've been real awesome. Thanks dude!
Your welcome!
Certainly happy to help
    
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