I fix computers - that's what I do.
So taking the "easy" way out is offensive to me.
I like an elegant fix, one that shows that thought and consideration (along with technical expertise) was able to solve the problem.
I know that others don't necessarily share my feelings.
At work the emphasis is on getting things done quickly.
And speed often takes the place of preserving the system state.
So we'll wipe a system in order to get it back to the customer faster.
It seems that the majority of the customer's agree with this philosophy.
Some of the techs that I work with don't use antivirus software.
As such, they have learned to store their data separate from their programs.
And, when disaster hits, they simply reimage the system and go back to the way that things were.
I, on the other hand, refuse to reimage my system (and I only use Windows Defender and the Windows firewall)
I like the way that it's setup and the way that it works.
So I have multiple backups and System Restore points.
But mostly I just fix the problems with my system.
And, because of this, I have learned to stop "tweaking" my system and leave it in as much of the original state as I can.
That makes it easier to fix.
Generally I only format and reinstall when a new OS version comes out. But with W10, I've been in it since the "beta" days and have updated through 1511 without a clean install.
I'm considering a clean install when I purchase a new laptop (around January) - as I still have video problems with my current system.
But I will retain a full copy of the current installation "just in case" I'll also be swapping hard drives - as I have a 1 tB SSD that's likely better than the HDD's that most systems come with.
So, in short, this is more a matter of personal preference than it is a technical question.
If it works for you (and you don't lose anything that you need) - then that's the way for you.
Edited by usasma, 11 December 2015 - 06:06 AM.