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Before moving to XP I upgraded my OS from Windows 98 to Windows 98 SE, and just this rather limited upgrade caused all kinds of foul-ups to various programs that I was using.
Never had the need to reload my OS, other than when making a dramatic hardware update.
Here is a tip for clearing out junk files:
My Dad's machine (using it now) came with Win2K. Until I crashed it about a year ago (Win2K since 2001; my fault, not Win2K for the crash; I push the envelope; lol), it never had a problem. Decided to upgrade to XP Pro (over $180 for the priviledge), and it's never given me a problem. Short of Virus Infections, or Registry playing (yes, I like to play), the Win2K/XP systems will be quite stable and should never have to require reinstallation (but I do this for a living and can say I've had to re-install a lot of client PC's with XP; still don't believe it's XP's fault directly). Surprising, you can repair XP using the command consul and run CHKDSK /R (have to boot from CD if you don't have XP Terminal software installed; I do, so I can boot to a true NTFS DOS shell) for a lot of issues. Can also try this technique (that Fred Langa recently posted; I get his news letters) too (can be used to repair "Missing or corrupt HAL.DLL," "Invalid Boot.Ini," or "Windows could not start..."):
• Boot from your XP Setup CD and enter the Recovery Console
• Run "Attrib -H -R -S" on the C:\Boot.ini file
• Delete the C:\Boot.ini file
• Run "Bootcfg /Rebuild"
• Run Fixboot
Finally, before just doing a plain re-install, you can just go through the Full Repair process by booting from your XP CD and then click the first option (you're not going to install XP, but you will think that you are by this option; stupid wording on Uncle Bill's fault) and then click "R" to repair the install. You will still need to unfortunately register Windows again (which may require a phone call to a dude or madam from India; lol) with Microsoft and get your updates. If you slipstreamed (I never do), you don't have to get updates, but who really ever keeps up with this anyway.
Last edited by lkroll; 09-18-2006 at 10:44 PM.
Lurch, I've been using a Mac since 1986 and have been around the block with Mac OS since forever (remember Font DA Mover???). Love my Mac, and love the Apple OS.
I push the envelope with my G5 Tower running all the Adobe CS applications (including maintaing web sites with GoLive), teleconferencing, iTunes/iPod, Freehand, a couple games, FileMaker Pro and Quicken for business applications, Mail, Safari, and other applications. I do run the maintenance scripts, Onyx, Disk Utility, and Repair Permissions plus a good backup utility and my computer is up and running 16-18 hours a day.
A couple months ago, my computer started crashing with kernal panics six or seven times a day. Nothing I could put my finger on. Just boom, gray screen and the gibberish crash screen. I doubt that it was anything like a virus or worm, but more likely an issue with a new font manager I had installed or updated. Macs are very particular about fonts and some programs (Calendar, Safari, Mail etc.) won't even launch if certain fonts are not installed.
As a result of the crashes, I did a complete clean install and used the opportunity to upgrade from Panther OSX 10.3.9 to Tiger OSX 10.4.7. The only things I ported from my previous system were Network settings and Mail. I reinstalled all applications fresh and clean and copied over documents only from a current backup. It was the first time in 20 years that I have ever built a new "system" and it was tedious. (I'd always taken the "Archive and Install" route.
Other than when I buy a new computer, I've never "built" a new working boot partition. Of course now with Migration Assistant, even that is a breeze. But for all that, I've only had one major problem that called for a reinstall, in over 20 years says to me that Mac OS, in all its interations, is a superior OS to anything Microsoft has ever foisted off on the public.
Well I screwed up again.
I was in the process of re-integrating all of the updates to by XPCD directory (slipstream purposes) and I screwed up the procedure and ended up doing an in place upgrade (basically an OS repair). 2 hours and a huge number of security updates later (at least .NET 1.1 and .NET 2.0 didn't have to be reinstalled), I'm back.
Like I told you all before, I like to play and sometimes I loose. lol
When you compare Mac OS's with any of the Windows OS's, you are comparing two totally seperate concepts.
With Apple, applications are specifically written to run on the OS.
Whereas Windows was designed to allow almost anything to run on it.
There are of course advantages and disadvantages to each approach.
The advantage of the Mac approach is that you have a simple easy to control system which is relatively stable and easy to secure, the disadvantage is that fewer applications will run on it, and it and its SW are generally more expensive.
With Windows, the advantages of a "one size fits all" policy is that there are more applications that will run without modification, SW for it will generally be cheaper to develop, thus users are more likely to buy it (and from the number of sales of Windows over Mac, it can be seen that this has been a successful business strategy).
The downside of this is that Windows is a nightmare to keep secure. You cannot design a system to be open to all SW, and at the same time make it closed to Malicious SW, and the continuing deluge of infections that Windows systems are bombarded with is testament to this.
So provided you don't want all the latest bells and whistles, or the latest "cutting edge" software developments, and you don't mind paying extra for the stability that comes from a "closed" system, then Mac is the best buy. But its never going to make the money for Apple that Windows did (and does) for M$.
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