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#1 +warwagon

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 14:55

How often do you reinstall Windows?

 




#2 Aheer.R.S.

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 14:58

Because I'm a pirate and have all the hax for it :p

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#3 Lord Method Man

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 14:59

Only when setting up a new PC.



#4 Andre S.

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 15:01

The last time I had a computer slow down over time was because of a faulty hard drive. I find that Windows, and especially Windows 8, doesn't get slower over time like it obviously did back in the Windows XP days.



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Posted 25 July 2013 - 15:01

Since Windows 7, only if there is a change in my drive configuration (new SSD), or if I want the next version of Windows



#6 OP +warwagon

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 15:03

I added the 3rd question, to maybe see a pattern of people with HDD vs SSD and that maybe SSD's are so fast that people who have them don't notice their computer slowing down over time as people with HDD's.



#7 Aheer.R.S.

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 15:07

I added the 3rd question, to maybe see a pattern of people with HDD vs SSD and that maybe SSD's are so fast that people who have them don't notice their computer slowing down over time as people with HDD's.

I never noticed any real slow down, until yesterday I was still rocking a mechanical HDD (24 July 13) pc used to boot up to windows in approx 90-120 secs ready to use

I only got the SSD as it was cheap,

I will admit SSD on an 11 year old pc I still notice the difference, now it takes less than or about 1 minute, ready to use



#8 Hum

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 15:11

Not in a long time.

 

Had a bad virus/trojan problem on XP, years ago.

 

And I have cloned over my XP to new drives, when the hard drives got screwy.

 

Not at all with my 2 Windows 7 computers. :laugh:



#9 Max Norris

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 15:10

Only install is that first install, barring any major hardware changes or OS upgrade.  Even with XP never saw the need for that "freshing up with a reinstall" nonsense, old XP installation was years old.. preventative maintenance takes care of that.



#10 ramesees

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 15:11

Built my current machine in Sept 2011 with an OCZ Vertex 3 SSD.

 

No reinstalls here, no need to. Machine flies along, Windows doesn't appear slow or corrupted and booting is near instant :D

 

Will probably worry about re-installing Windows when I rebuild a new computer in around 18 months time or so



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Posted 25 July 2013 - 15:13

Just did it a few days ago, after failing windows 8.1 install.

I actually just reinstall after a new Servicepack or new windows release.



#12 lmaobox

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 15:13

 

How often do you reinstall Windows?

 

 

I don't. 



#13 10thmandown

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 15:20

Good topic.

 

XP pre SP3 - every 3 months

XP SP3 - every 6 months

Windows 7,8 - never; just upgrade, reinstall is not needed



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Posted 25 July 2013 - 15:24

The last time I had a computer slow down over time was because of a faulty hard drive. I find that Windows, and especially Windows 8, doesn't get slower over time like it obviously did back in the Windows XP days.

I have to agree; with Windows 8 and now my SSD, I haven't reinstalled Windows since I did a install of Win8 (after vascillating for several months between 8 and 7).  My next 'clean' install will be Windows 8.1 when it comes out.


I added the 3rd question, to maybe see a pattern of people with HDD vs SSD and that maybe SSD's are so fast that people who have them don't notice their computer slowing down over time as people with HDD's.

 

I think it's probably a combination of both Windows 7 and 8 not bogging down over time like Windows XP did, and the fact that you don't have many of the inherent problems with fragmentation on a HDD when you're using an SSD.  My boot time sped up a month or so after installing Windows 8, and it still comes up in about 10-15 seconds when I do a complete boot.  Most of the time I just put it to sleep.



#15 Jub Fequois

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 15:24

I always jump between current and previous versions of Windows. I get frustrated with the current one for missing something I like in the previous one, and then go back to the current one because it has features the previous don't.

 

I know, tard-alert.