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The most annoying thing about doing a fresh install?

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Rail Grinder    127

To me the most annoying thing is realizing you forgot to backup/save a file/folder even after you thought you've thoroughly backed everything up. Boo data loss :p

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iuerg87yerg879e0rg9erugjer    39

lol you all do it the slow way, i just make an a basic image with all essential software ie: office, adobe, drives, updates etc and use windows live mesh to keep my entire profile in sync and never have to worry about backup and then just image the entire HDD, once i feel that my system is getting slugish, re-image ftw :p

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kizuran    10

Windows Update especially if you install a non SP version of XP

Doing a fresh (manual) install of XP & having to install updates/applications on pre-2004/2005 hardware for clients. Seriously... the advent of imaging hardware/software was a godsend. :cool:

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LiquidSolstice    115

lol you all do it the slow way, i just make an a basic image with all essential software ie: office, adobe, drives, updates etc and use windows live mesh to keep my entire profile in sync and never have to worry about backup and then just image the entire HDD, once i feel that my system is getting slugish, re-image ftw :p

I keep telling myself that I'll do that eventually, and then I don't bother :p

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Nightwind Hawk    72

In XP the most annoying thing was waiting for that "Take a tour of XP!" popup to randomly stop showing up....

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bjoswald    210

Updating Windows and drivers, patching WoW.

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Rigby    1,577

Tweaks. There are so many settings that I customize, it takes hours to get Windows the way I want it. :laugh:

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John.D    56

In XP the most annoying thing was waiting for that "Take a tour of XP!" popup to randomly stop showing up....

Slipstream everything with Nlite and tick it. You'll never see it again. Thats what I did, along with getting rid of the games, defrag, indexing, search assistant, and all the languages except english. And added SATA/raid/LAN drivers to the slipstreamed ISO

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cork1958    1,863

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All the updates...(No, updates are not bad, just takes a while)

All the programs to install...(Flash, Office, Opera, 7-zip, Filezilla, WAMP, ect)

Does feel good after a fresh-install though

All the updates...(No, updates are not bad, just takes a while)"

This would easily have to be the most annoying, as it EASILY takes the longest.

As far as re-installing my programs, that's a piece of cake because then I'm not relying on MS updates to get done taking forever!!

Fully tweaking Windows to my liking would definitely be second most annoying/time consuming.

As OP stated it being reinstalling favorites, and others have said how to do that, that's not even a matter of taking more than a blink of an eye and not even worth mentioning! :whistle:

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soldier1st    40

For me, a fresh install, means about a day or two's worth of work or longer.

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remixedcat    2,767

installing photoshop CS5 again..... and all the other required adobe apps. ewww.

also setting up media players the way i had em before. like my playlists and my EQ/DSP settings and the view and skins.

Browser settings and addons.

UXTheme patching.

drivers

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beanboy89    169

Reinstalling software. Its not really annoying, but more time-consuming than anything.

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sava700    335

I love doing a new reinstall.. it's like washing a new vehicle after it's dirty :D

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CrashG    439

Getting it set back up just how I want it.

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nub    181

I love doing a new reinstall.. it's like washing a new vehicle after it's dirty :D

If its your own computer sure.

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tsupersonic    1,870

It's not installing the programs + drivers (although that's a pain right there), but just configuring your system to the way you like it. I would probably grab a fresh image after you install + update

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JonathanVP    9

Having to install all my programs and games and ****....

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Seizure1990    252

only annoying thing i can think of is remembering i forgot to back up a file after i had already reformatted :p

I don't think I've ever had a format+reinstall where I successfully remembered to back everything up.

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amon91    41

Definitely installing everything all over again, and restoring backups. Pretty much making your system look roughly like it did before the wipeout.

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Salty Wagyu    107

Has to be restoring application settings I had before the format that is the most annoying, restoring backed up files/info to the registry, appdata, doc folders etc.

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Ridlas    39

Drivers.

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Laura    147

In Windows, finding and installing drivers and software. In OS X there's usually some tweaks with settings and what have you.

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Xilo    931

Windows Update

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Teebor    182

For me it has to be teaching the OS to work the way I want it to again, all those little tweaks and adjustments that you just can't back up

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+fusi0n    2,132

Windows 7, changing the start menu how I like it (Remove the crap, add run, disable highlight new installed programs etc

Ubuntu, enable the restricted sources. However, I rarely reinstall Ubuntu it is just the new installs.

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