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How often, on average, do you reformat your home computer?

#21arleasPosted 8/19/2013 8:54:33 PM
The last time I had to reinstall windows was when I got my SSD and wanted to put the OS on the SSD. Before that it was when I built my computer, and before that it was when I built the computer before that.

If you HAVE to reformat/reinstall often you're doing something very very wrong.

If you're doing it just because you feel better with a "fresh" OS, then that's your personal problem.

I tend to spend some time trying to get everything customized the way I like it, and to reinstall more often than absolutely necessary would be a huge pain (unless I were going to back everything up and reinstall from the backup).
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#22PhilOnDezPosted 8/19/2013 9:27:06 PM
I think I reformatted once on 98SE. Other than that it's always been fresh installs on virgin disks. I might reformat my windows 7 laptop though, it's full of HP bloatware. I may also put an SSD in it though which would be yet another clean install on a new drive.
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#23eragonman9Posted 8/19/2013 10:04:20 PM
Pancettie posted...
I like reorganizing things on a mass scale every once in a while


I do this occasionally. I only reformat when something's clearly wrong.
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#24KURRUPTORPosted 8/19/2013 10:18:49 PM
About once a year.

If you are into modding games at all (which I would have assumed most PC users would be before this thread) you would know you wind up installing tons of crap on your PC that serves little to no purpose over the course of a year. Just makes sense to delete everything and start anew regularly, since many mods and tweaks to games go deeper into your computers registry than you are going to able to remove without a masters degree in computer engineering.

Even if you aren't into modding you'd be surprised how much bloatware you'll install on your PC over a year. I'm always flabbergasted at the difference I see in my task manager between 1 month after a reformat (the timeframe I give for installing all the drivers and whatnot that are necessary to properly use a PC) and 12 months after a reformat. Seriously, you'd probably be surprised as well.

Just take a second and open your task manager and tell me how many running processes you actually recognize and know wtf they are doing.
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#25Chaos_MissilePosted 8/19/2013 10:44:00 PM
2-3 years at least?

I last formatted my laptop in early 2011. Plan to reformat it soon.

Each time I reformat my PC, upon installation I will always make sure it is generally more superior than before. Whether it be better security, more powerful hardware, better folder arragnement, stronger OSes etc.
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#26Master_BassPosted 8/19/2013 11:02:04 PM
When something breaks or it's time to upgrade for the most part.
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#27AlkVelronPosted 8/19/2013 11:40:26 PM
Once every 1-2 years. I strive to keep my PC performing fast and not get bogged down over time, but sometimes the mood hits me that I should 'restart' the whole thing. Give it a fresh slate to work with. I carry over my valuables (music, art, stories, game saves, etc) but otherwise it's all brand new. I love that smell of a new, clean, fast desktop and OS.
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#28Devil_wings00Posted 8/20/2013 12:41:31 AM
Never if I don't have to. I hate reformatting and it really doesn't do anything anymore in terms of performance, especially with SSD's. Unless my drive dies and I am forced to or I'm upgrading the OS, I avoid it like the plague.
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#29_GRIM_FANDANGO_Posted 8/20/2013 12:52:00 AM
Every few years or so. Not just randomly though, but once every few years I will have a reason to reformat.
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#30fuzzymanPosted 8/20/2013 12:57:57 AM(edited)
My OS drive is 120GB

besides DL updates and rebooting 10x there isn't a whole lot to do

maybe once a year, but I don't have a lot of muck happening, it's just OS and some utilities and games

I don't use anti virus because if I did pick up something it's astonishingly easy to remove it, and most active blocks do not work at all, because the computer is already infected by the time the update is available, the only active virus will normally evade any anti-virus active protection, and if your service said it found stuff it was probably harmless cookies, but it will keep your tummy warm
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