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Thread: How often do you reinstall your OS???

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    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

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

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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kukubau
    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.

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    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.

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    Wow, memorizing your windows cd key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by estimablesir
    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!!!!!
    So, mother goose has been messin' around in your egg salad, huh kid?

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    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....

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    I usually reinstall Windows each year. I never reinstalled Linux and Solaris (note that updating is not reinstalling).
    To contact me privately, pray. I might answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikos
    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

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