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Reloading Windows (or other OS)

View Poll Results: How often do you reload your OS
Every 5 - 6 months 4 9.09%
Once a year 10 22.73%
Other (specify) 7 15.91%
Never 23 52.27%
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Old 10-29-2002, 02:10 AM
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Reloading Windows (or other OS)

I was just wondering how often everybody reloads their operating system (I'm just finishing up reformatting and reloading XP). for Windows, I try to reload every 5-6 months, which I've heard recommended quite often, since so much junk builds up over that amount of time (let alone longer then that). for Linux, I only reinstall for upgrades, since there's no need to do so otherwise. It's takes a lot of time and effort to reload Windows and its not fun, but I find it really worth it, I notice a pretty big difference in speed and how smoothly everything runs.

- David
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Old 10-29-2002, 03:29 AM
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The biggest nightmare in Windows is the registry. Software developers hide so much rubbish in these files that it becomes very cumbersome. Doing a clean install gives a nice clean registry.

I used to do a "deltree \windows /Y" once a year, but I've been very good at not trying out any new stuff, so my both my Windows PCs have been very stable for the last two years (hence I can't respond to the poll!).

Regview is very useful for taking snaps of your system before installing software. It allows you to return your system to the state it was in before the software was installed. It also shows you which registry keys were changed, and tells you which files were written to your hard disk (and where they were written).

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Old 10-29-2002, 03:54 AM
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I only have a small hard drive so find myself soon filling it up with useless junk, I generally clean install every 3months or so.
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Old 10-29-2002, 04:47 AM
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I use Norton Utilities to keep everything cleaned up. It checks for registry errors and even compacts the registry along with a number of other tasks.

I'm running Win98 SE and I've never reloaded the OS.
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Old 10-29-2002, 06:05 AM
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Windows 2000... Have not had occasion to reload it since I got the machine in January 2000 -- coming up on three years.
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Old 10-29-2002, 06:39 AM
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I use Norton Ghost to replace my system once windows has finished filling it with useless information - probably do this every 6 months
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Old 10-29-2002, 07:09 AM
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every 3-4 months .. I have win/me ... but thats probably because I like to checkout lot's of software...
I have my hard drive partitioned so except for a few files that I need to copy from "C" such as addresses and favorites it's not bad.
I just did it saturday and was happy to see that a program (irfanview) I had installed on "D" was working fine after... which means I will install more software there and format and recovery will be still easier.
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Old 10-29-2002, 01:23 PM
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Al - thanks for the link, it looks like an interesting program.

Rondon - I just noticed the same thing, I keep all my programs on a seperate partition, and I found that they still work without reloading them! that's a big releif since I have a *lot* of programs loaded and it would be a heck of a lot of work to reload it all.

- David
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Old 10-29-2002, 02:31 PM
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If you have a painless means of re-install as Clare mentions its an encouragement to have a regular clear out. Luckily I've got a tape drive so its just a case of starting the image reload and wandering off to the pub.
Also I think 2K and XP are more efficient at uninstalling programs than 98 thus leaving less junk in the registry.
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Old 10-29-2002, 05:10 PM
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Like Clare I use Norton Ghost and replace my system every 5-6 months.

I made several 'images' of my "C" drive, so that I can go back to different stages of installation and restart from there.

Before installing new programs I'm not really sure of, I do the following:

1) Run scanreg, (available from Win98 onwards...I think), to back up my Registry before experimenting....

2) Install and try the new program, and, if I don't like it....

3) ...uninstall it and from native DOS, run scanreg /restore to the previous Reg Backup.

These steps take me and my Registry back to where we were before experimenting!

Like Rondon I partitioned my hard drive and installed in "D" all the programs which work fine without having to go through Windows' Registry.

With that, the dreaded "format C:\" stopped being the nightmare it used to be.....

P.S. I use Windows98 SE

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