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How frequently do you re-install windows 7?

post #1 of 59
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i know people who re-install every month and others who go for years without. Which is the right way? I think i like a fresh start but it takes so much time especially with extended formatting. And installing all the games again is brutal. Then I dont know how to retrieve my ClearType setting for instance and many other things.
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on my pc, in the past year ive prob installed windows 15+ times. On other pc's in the house, prob another 20 or so times..
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post #3 of 59
I generally only reinstall Windows if I get a new board or get a new harddrive.

Overtime there's just too much crap buried within registries and such and reformatting and starting fresh is just an easier fix IMO.
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I have had 7 for anywhere from 5-7 months now (hard to remember). Have surprisingly encountered next to no slowdown and not reinstalled it at all. I love this OS. Now XP on the other hand, every 2 months or so it seems.

Now watch I talked about it and something is gonna happen.....
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I have had 7 for anywhere from 5-7 months now (hard to remember). Have surprisingly encountered next to no slowdown and not reinstalled it at all. I love this OS. Now XP on the other hand, every 2 months or so it seems.

Now watch I talked about it and something is gonna happen.....
i feel the same way, win7 is unaffected by time, but my experience tells me that OS naturally decays and better to re-install it. Is that a myth?
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post #6 of 59
I've never bothered doing that. The only logical way to do it if you are going to is to create a base image. Get windows installed, get your needed applications installed, get everything tweaked, then cleaned up. Then before you actually use it, create an image of it that you can just reapply to the drive periodically.

Personally though, I dont see the point. If i have a problem with windows, Id rather figure it out than just wipe it and start over. Sure it takes more time but i actually learn something that way.
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post #7 of 59
I create a backup image through control panel right after I do a clean install with the basics like personalization and virus protection. When I start over, I just reload the image. Very fast and worry free.
post #8 of 59
I have had 7 on 3 PCs since it launched and haven't reinstalled yet
post #9 of 59
I only reinstalled this last time because of multiple hardware failures. Before that it was about a year.

XP, on the other hand, needed two to three installs a year. If not more. Which is why I don't see why anyone is still using it.
    
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Every day not trolling just do upgrading for people (isnt sharing nice )
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