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What do I mean by "rusty?"
Well, all the problems that come up in OS installs that make you say "I am going to reinstall windows soon"

As for me...weird, bizarre, and frustrating problems pop up over time.
For example, when opening folders in windows explorer, I only hear half the clicking sound.

And most of the time, I don't remember doing anything that remotely could have caused this problem.

So, why does Windows require regular reinstalls to function properly?
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I will go out on a limb and just repeat what I have read, and it is said to be "registry clutter" or "registry pacth" issues. I do agree with your casual observation.
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Ya I'd have to attribute it to the same thing: clutter. Over time windows just gets cluttered with stuff. It's just like how houses need regular cleaning. Even if you attempt to keep it clean, it still needs to be dusted and vacuumed simply because it's being used and lived in.
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http://www.overclock.net/windows/933...istry-how.html

It's generally NOT the registry. I don't understand where you guys get this idea, or even why. I've done extensive work with how the idea behind data basing works. The way the registry is used as a database is (now) done in a way that almost completely minimizes/eliminates "clutter".

You get more "clutter" from file fragmentation and inter file fragmentation. Jeeze, it's the blind leading the blind on this stuff.
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In that case what is the cause of these problems?

Does file fragmentation even exist on SSD's?

How can file fragmentation cause things like a half-sounding click sound?
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Originally Posted by kiwiasian View Post
What do I mean by "rusty?"
Well, all the problems that come up in OS installs that make you say "I am going to reinstall windows soon"

As for me...weird, bizarre, and frustrating problems pop up over time.
For example, when opening folders in windows explorer, I only hear half the clicking sound.

And most of the time, I don't remember doing anything that remotely could have caused this problem.

So, why does Windows require regular reinstalls to function properly?
From insane amount of uninstalling/reinstalling, malware code and removal of said. All manner of things.

I ran the same XP install for 3 years without antivirus. Never slowed down. Then again I was never installing lots of junk or torrenting or what have you either.
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Originally Posted by kiwiasian View Post
In that case what is the cause of these problems?

Does file fragmentation even exist on SSD's?

How can file fragmentation cause things like a half-sounding click sound?
I don't know where to begin with the explanation behind that.... If you are getting a half-sounding click sound, unless from harware, I'm going to put the blame on User Error. File fragmentation can get that bad, but shouldn't. Again, goes back to User Error and either being over obsessed with fragmentation (a hazard) or not keeping an organized and clean OS drive.

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From insane amount of uninstalling/reinstalling, malware code and removal of said. All manner of things.

I ran the same XP install for 3 years without antivirus. Never slowed down. Then again I was never installing lots of junk or torrenting or what have you either.
I fully agree! Basically heavy IO causing fragmentation, with the exception of malware. =P Pretty much the user doesn't do things in a neat and organized fashion. Also you should always leave so much free space so that stuff doesn't "bog", it's been that way since.... Well I dunno. But That's exactly how I view it, it won't slow down unless you do something to do it.
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