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Old 07-26-2011, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Southwest Arkansas
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Once a year or so
After while the junk adds up and i find it easier to just reinstall my OS than to clean it out bit by bit
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:20 PM
 
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Only when I build a new PC or a new version of Windows comes out. I ran the same install of XP for 5 years, then built a new PC for Vista, ran that for 2.5 years until Win7 came out, then formatting and installed Win7 a couple of years ago.
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:28 PM
 
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When a drive dies, or a new version comes out, or I am just bored or have an issue that I'm too lazy to fix. I do this all day at work, so when I come home and have computer issues, nuke it and boot it
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:36 PM
 
Location: Northeast NE
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When a drive dies, or a new version comes out, or I am just bored or have an issue that I'm too lazy to fix. I do this all day at work, so when I come home and have computer issues, nuke it and boot it

Same ^^

It is the best cure for Win Rot.
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Old 07-27-2011, 08:05 AM
 
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once i start having problems with crashes, lock ups BSOD etc.
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:08 AM
 
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For my Windows computers, I find about every 2 years its good to just reinstall everything and get the computer working better again. For my Macs, never, but when I replace one, I usually install everything clean rather than use the migration app.
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Windows98: every 6 months like clockwork.
Windows XP pre-SP3: every year like clockwork.
Windows XP post-SP3: Pretty much haven't yet, although I don't really use that PC anymore.
Windows Vista: Haven't yet on my laptop (2 years)
Windows 7: don't plan too unless I feel it needs it.
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Windows 7 Pro running since February of last year when I dumped Release Candidate, and never thought of any reinstalls until I saw this thread.

Certainly see no indication of any need to do so on any of two desktops and a laptop.

Crusing along....
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Old 07-27-2011, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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I don't have any set schedule. Just whenever I feel like it.
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Old 07-28-2011, 12:10 AM
 
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Everyone has their own approach when it comes to deciding when to reinstall an operating system. Some people prefer a structured time frame such as every six months to ensure an uncluttered operating system that will run quickly and feel “fresh”. Others prefer a more long term approach such as once per year or longer since they rarely have much trouble from their systems.
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