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Complete OS Reinstall

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#1 Derek Ellis

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Posted 03 June 2009 - 05:56 PM

I was wondering, how often do some of you do a complete reinstall of your OS and programs? I do save things such as the My Documents, etc.

I do this once a year, over time the system collects what i call "Digtal Dust" and can slow down performance. Even the best routine maintaince can miss a few things here and there.

I use this also as a time to get rid of unused programs and old files that i dont use.

Sort of like cleaning out the attic, if i dont use it anymore, i toss it.

The most noted thing that this gets rid of is the excess menu commands (right click). After a while and many downloads later, that little menu can turn huge!

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Posted 03 June 2009 - 06:23 PM

I do a complete reinstall of XP...only when I've encountered a situation where I cannot solve what is wrong.

NTFS file system problems...hard drive problems...that's about it.

I don't think of my computer systems...in the same way that I think of cleaning a house/apartment and I don't treat XP as if it is Windows 9x.


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Posted 03 June 2009 - 08:22 PM

Like wise I only do a do over when really necessary, this machine has been up three years now and my Dell had been going nearly six. I do some of the No No's! I use Reg Cure, I use Auslogic's disk and registry defraggers, Window Washer. I also go into disk clean up and dump the dead wood like you do, I am getting ready to Xcopy this drives contents onto a new drive. This machine stays on 8-10 hours a day so for me it is a time factor with drives, I usually dump them every 3-3-1/2 years to play safe. My old office machine ran day & night for ten years, it was on a private national network. I went through four drives just for safety sake as the software was custom zenox based, a rebuild was very expensive by a very secretive group!!

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Posted 03 June 2009 - 10:36 PM

Basic software cleanups and hardware maintenance and regular backups. But I have never ever done an OS reinstall on any of the 6+ machines I've owned in the last 15 years or so. *Animal now knocks on wood...... :thumbsup:

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