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kukubau
10.11.2005, 17:57
Hi!
I just wanna know how often one reinstalls his/her Operating System, whatever that may be.

Methadon
10.11.2005, 18:03
I do it around every other month, it is not a rutin that I've got.
I guess I just like a new fresh OS install, everything runs so smooth and nice. :)

On my C drive I only have my OS and my software installed, I doesn't store anything else there.
I just copy my software configs and my bookmarks to another disc, that's all I need.

kukubau
10.11.2005, 18:06
Same here. I usually don't copy any of my bookmarks. Don't know why, I just don't do it. I should do that. Only the installed OS and that's it. Fresh install: format partition and kabuum, new OS in 15 min! Sometimes I use DriveImage or Norton Ghsot(same thing really).

Methadon
10.11.2005, 18:11
Same here. I usually don't copy any of my bookmarks. Don't know why, I just don't do it. I should do that.
Without my browser bookmarks I would be totaly lost on the net.

al1uk
10.11.2005, 18:26
Only when the OS is screwed. My pc is a family computer:rolleyes: , so I can't do it regularly. Even if i could, i wouldn't. too much hassle, installing everything. only 1 hd is worth using in my pc, my other hd is too slow to copy all our work and stuff.

Chocky
10.11.2005, 18:37
Last time - after I've changed motherboard. It's not a big deal to reinstall OS, but installation and configuration of all other software requires too much time.

AnalCobra
10.11.2005, 18:39
I don't do it monthly but often, all 3-4 months.
Windows gets so slow if you have much apps installed and after 3-4 months there are always other problems with windows.
After reinstalling it works very fine.
I've also only windows and the installed apps on C:, on D: there are "My Files"(documents, music, installations of apps....) and on my external i've my images and some games installed.
So it takes not much time to reinstall and renconfigurate windows.

Kinlaadare
10.11.2005, 20:51
The less the better... and usually when I have to reinstall, I reinstall 3 OS : 2 xp 32b (one for burning & imaging, and one for leisure) and one 64b (work). I hope vista will solve that sort of problem (M$ said it will... wait and see ;) )

Underheaven
10.11.2005, 21:42
I haven't reinstalled since 2003. I make regular backups. Maybe you should ask how often do I restore my OS? I'd say about every 6 months. However I just had a hard drive failure so I'm in the process of going through all my files.

Dllfile
10.11.2005, 21:52
Depends on if the system is having probs, unstable, or seems slow and any tweaks I have applied after going back and trying to "re-tweak" it as well as do automated cleanups using batch files ect.., if it still just seems a bit on the slow side, I just pop in my custom restore disk made with DriveImage. and in a couple mins, back to how I had it when I first installed cept minus the sound and video drivers This way I can choose to install a fresh clean driver install.

I use another PC to store anything I want to keep such as bookmarks, ect.. Then its as simple as copying back over once I get the OS Restored and drivers installed. System is already pre-tweaked, cept drivers like nVidia of course.

All in All roughly 10 mins and I am back to a fresh install with drivers.

Then comes the longer part, deciding what programs I want to install or what games.

Lately, I have been doing it once a month the past few months now, but normally, 3-4 months.

carlos12345
10.11.2005, 21:54
i do mine about every 2 months only really because i try something i really know in the back of my mind is going to balls everything up but thats how we learn.on my main drive i only run os and software everything else gos on to another drive..unless i get the erg to try it there and then.thats normaly whan the reinstall comes in.
AMD athlon(tm)64 processor 3400+
gigabyte nforce3 motherboard
1536mb DDR-SDRAM kingston
nvidia geforce 6600 le
maxtor 80gb hard drive
maxtor 160gb hard drive
samsung 120gb hard drive
samsung 120gb hard drive
lg multi dvd/cd rewriter
sony dvd rw
creative sb live 5.1
happauge wintv
win xp pro sp2

stile
10.11.2005, 21:54
I only re-install when I am absolutely forced to do so, that has ranged from 2 weeks to 2 years between re-installs.

estimablesir
10.11.2005, 22:42
oooo this is a great question. Everyone thinks I'm nuts. I collect so much crap on my computer between my addiction to GordianKnot and video games that I loose track of everything. I do it about once a month, sometimes twice a month if it really gets bad. I recently started ghosting my machine, because I'm tired of going through the install process. To give you an idea of how often I do it, I know my install key by heart!

lmgava
10.11.2005, 22:49
Hi!
I just wanna know how often one reinstalls his/her Operating System, whatever that may be.

Two or three years. I do often a total backup image before and after doing important changes / installation and I do daily backup of important file / configuration settings.

So when something goes wrong (sometimes happen) I simply restore the backup image (20 minutes top) and I restore the needed/changed files form the daily backup (5-10 minutes).

30-45 minutes top to be back exactly where I was the day before a total disaster.

Goenk
11.11.2005, 07:15
I reinstall it about all 2-3 months.
But not really from scratch, using a TrueImage (Really a nice programm) Backup of WindowsXP incl the Fixes available makes it a bit faster.
Drivers and Programms all from Scratch, so only the really needed ones are installed.

JoelEllison
11.11.2005, 07:20
Wow, memorizing your windows cd key.

kukubau
11.11.2005, 07:43
oooo this is a great question. Everyone thinks I'm nuts. I collect so much crap on my computer between my addiction to GordianKnot and video games that I loose track of everything. I do it about once a month, sometimes twice a month if it really gets bad. I recently started ghosting my machine, because I'm tired of going through the install process. To give you an idea of how often I do it, I know my install key by heart!

Yeeeaaaahhhh, I know what you mean. I know my install key by heart too. Last year it didn't pass a week without installing my Windowz twice at least. It turned into an automatism. I think now I'm cured. Or not?! I think I'll get home today and do a fresh install. I'm looooooooooosingggggggg ittttttt!!!!!

Hakira
11.11.2005, 09:05
Hmm this is a good question.... For me it would be which system, Laptop, Server, Linux, Gaming, or the Family....

Laptop:
Gateway M275xl Convertable Tablet PC

This system is used for school so it gets a new reinstall every quarter. Prevents me from playing games in my new classes till I know I can pass them...

Server:
MB: Abit NF7-2
Processor: Athlon XP 3200+
Video: MSI RX9250
Memory: 1GB DDR 400
Storage: WD 74GB 10k rpm SATA HDD
Liteon 16x DVD-RW DL
Hot Swap drive - WD 250GB HDD

It has only one install and thats Windows Server 2k3 enterprize, Which, so far, hasnt needed a reinstall, Thats going on 2 years I think.... hell I dont think I have restarted that thing other that the SP updates and some security fixes...

Gaming:
MB: Abit KV8-Max3
Processor: Athlon 64 3200+
Video: ATI Radeon 9800XT Pro
Memory: 2 GB DDR 400
Storage: WD 250GB SATA HDD
WD 320GB SATA HDD
Plextor 16x DVD-RW DL
Plextor 8x DVD-RW
Plextor 52x32x52 CDRW

This system has had so many OS installed its not funny, the system has had everything from linux to windows server.. I was just trying to find the right combination for gaming... then I got windows xp x64, mmm much better, good memory managment as well as x64 support on some of the games I play.. on average this system gets reinstalls about every 6 mounths... restarts are about every mounth...

Linux:
MB: Abit KR7A
Processor: Athlon Thunderbird 1.4
Video: Matrox .... Somthing
Memory: 512mb DDR
Storage: WD 40GB HDD

This system gets reinstalled once a week or so... I do this because I havent found a distro I enjoy using....

Family:
MB: Abit NF7-2
Processor: Athlon XP 3200+
Video: ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon 8500
Memory: 512mb DDR
Storage: WD 80Gb HDD

This system has windows xp x32 and gets reinstalled whenever I can get my sister to let me do a clean install... so that averages about every year or so....

Nikos
11.11.2005, 22:21
I usually reinstall Windows each year. I never reinstalled Linux and Solaris (note that updating is not reinstalling).

Hakira
12.11.2005, 09:44
I usually reinstall Windows each year. I never reinstalled Linux and Solaris (note that updating is not reinstalling).
Well in my case it is.. I go betwen like diffrent distrobution, So its not updating.. Its a total reinstall for all intencive purposes

-=Gryphon=-
14.11.2005, 15:12
I really dislike reinstalling OSes so I do it only when necessary. Must have been 3 years since I last felt I'd "ruined" my system enough to require a fresh install. I'm a bit of a magpie when it comes to collecting little apps and stuff. I always lose something or other during the process and thats the main reason why I avoid it like the plague.

I should probably try Norton Ghost or something, just never really trusted them. I've got an open mind so try and sell them to me!!!

Xtreme2damax
14.11.2005, 17:04
I reinstall my os (If using my emachines restore DVD counts as reinstalling) Whenever my PC Starts running slower than normal. I have my OS and spyware, adware and antivirus apps, some other small apps on the main (C:) drive, my larger apps such as games and lage programs like ms office, and visual basic.net are stored on my 160 GB secondary hard drive. I also restore after I buy and install new hardware, like recently when I bought a new BFG geforce fx 5500 OC, A new DVD Rewritable Dual layer drive (My Original one died on me), 2x 512 mb sticks of DDR PC2700 ram, A new soundblaster live 24-bit soundcard (previous one was AC realtek onboard audio)
and my 160 GB hard drive all my games are stored on now.

RJARRRPCGP
16.11.2005, 17:19
I reguarily reinstall the OS when testing tweaks on my PC.

bryanondabeach
16.11.2005, 19:12
reinstallin' huh? Just think, that I try, when possible, to reinstall my operating system just only when there's a new os on the way. Last time this happen is when i installed WinXP 64bit... so, probably... my next OS reinstall will happen when Windows Vista x64 will be out.

Last thing.. believe me, I hate the OS reinstall process, you have to reinstall all the applications, drivers, configuring them.. etc. etc. but believe me, it is said that only after a storm you can feel the air better than before. So.. keep reinstallin'. It rocks! (kidding)

robbo
16.11.2005, 20:14
generally when something happens otherwise as long as it runs i leave it, the install of windows is not the problem the setting up of my computer for work afterwards is, now having a Laptop as a second Computer i can re-install my Workstation and use the Laptop for work, but generally say if its working then leave it.

hinasina
29.11.2005, 20:10
i reinstall quite often like 1 every 2 weeks

lance1962
30.11.2005, 04:31
On 32 bit systems - I use acronis from a image that is setup with all my base programs.
Reimaging takes about 15-20 minutes.

On my X64 systems its a little more complicated (acronis does not support x64 yet) - but basically the same - can do a fresh install from a image anytime with very little hassle.

Lance

lance1962
30.11.2005, 04:40
You guys should really look into IMAGING your fresh installs - makes life a whole easier.
Lance

ManMountain
30.11.2005, 05:25
Here it only takes 10 mins to boot from bootable disc, run ghost and restore a ghosted x64 install. Takes around 30 mins to backup a drive / partition depending on a) the amount of data b) compression to be used c) speed of drive.

Think of ghost as taking a "snapshot" of your entire operating system and should anything ever go wrong, you can restore that "snapshot" and have your operating system run exactly as well as it did when you first ghosted it.

As lance1962 already said, imaging is such a time-saver; Why go through lengthy reinstalls when you can install it once, ghost your operating system when you feel it is running "perfectly", store your backed up image safely away and should disaster ever strike, your faced with only a few mins restoration time.