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Windows 7: How Often Do You Reformat.

13 Nov 2009   #11

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

Unless I do something to mess it up, every six months is about right...
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13 Nov 2009   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

My reformats generally stem from wanting to try something new and different rather than a problem that I cannot resolve or don't want to put time/effort into resolved.

Examples might be 1). new release of Windows. 2). New Linux distro 3). wanting to test some wacky scenario for work at home and needing some extra hardware to pull it all off.
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13 Nov 2009   #13

Win 7 Pro 64 Bit

For XP, about once a year...but I often didn't need to do so. Man, I used that OS on about half a dozen personal machines since it hit the streets (and still use it at work)...and after they got the bugs worked out in the first year, it was the most stable OS that I had ever used. Thus, I was mostly just reformatting to clean things up and satisfy my OCD.

With Win 7, three time thus far.

First Time - installed and it was awesome...but I made the mistake of installing a media meta data synch tool that installed SQL Server without warning...and after extensive effort to remove all traces of it, I finally just reformatted.

Second time
- Massive Explorer instability - all related to right-clicking. None of the suggested tweaks solved

Third Time - is a charm so far. Only one right-click explorer crash...and none since uninstalling AVG and moving to MSE.

In general, I keep all data on a separate drive so reformatting is a breeze. In XP, I simply retargeted "My Documents" to a different drive...and I do something similar with Win 7's libraries. I don't ever backup the OS and apps. I like to start clean and reevaluate what I want and get the latest versions each time.
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13 Nov 2009   #14


I had my fill of formats/installations throughout the beta process.

Now it's back to re-formatting when something gets completely broken. Sooo, probably every few months
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14 Nov 2009   #15
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

I've only reformatted once on all three of my machines ... XP home (something broke!), XP Pro to Vista Business, Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Ultimate.

I guess I've been pretty lucky
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14 Nov 2009   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate

it depends if i really need to install a new Graphix card or any hardware.
3-4months span
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14 Nov 2009   #17

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

To be honnest, I only format
1. when I feel that the OS starts to be buggy, too slow or has a virus.
2. when I just bought an OS.

It can be from 6-8 months to 1 year most of the time.
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14 Nov 2009   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1

I try and keep it down to once a year if I can help it. I have an image of my drive which makes the whole process rather pain free
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14 Nov 2009   #19

Vista Ultimate X64/ Windows 7 Dual-boot

Every 3 months on average here...
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14 Nov 2009   #20

Win 8 Release candidate 8400

Quarterly. From an image of clean install with apps. 20 mins to clean
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