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Windows 7: How do you know when you should format and reinstall?

18 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
How do you know when you should format and reinstall?

I mean, so that you can keep the best perfomance possible.

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18 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Hi KaiZ,

For optimal performance I would make sure to have a good anti-virus software, defrag and clean up your hard disk, and delete programs that you do not need or just don't use. Here are some more tips for getting the most out of your computer: Optimize Windows 7 for better performance

Cheers,
Cassandra
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18 Mar 2010   #3

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by KaiZ View Post
I mean, so that you can keep the best perfomance possible.
My answer is never. When you install your OS and prgrams and are activated, you make a system image. If you ever have problems, you just use the system image. A lot easier than formatting, reinstalling and reactivating. If you maintain, properly, that should not even be necessary.
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18 Mar 2010   #4

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Basically, you should not have to. Win 7 is not Win XP. They are completely different systems.
So going into Win 7 with the Win XP Mindset will not do you any good. You need to forget about XP and start over.

The new Win 7 Defrag, runs all the time in the background by default, and does a very good job of keeping a system defragged all the time.

There is no need to try and disable services,, as the performance boost will not be even noticeable.

Again, remember, Win 7 is Not Win XP.
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18 Mar 2010   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
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The new Win 7 Defrag, runs all the time in the background by default, and does a very good job of keeping a system defragged all the time.
Where did you get that information. You can set it to run on a Daily,Weekly or Monthly schedule but as far as I know it does not run all the time.

Jim
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19 Mar 2010   #6

 
 

When should you format?

When you have Vista as an OS?

Honestly, what has been stated is good. Try the following suggestions as well that I posted yesterday which keeps your system moving along.

Routine Computer Maintenance
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19 Mar 2010   #7

Windows 7 64x
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by KaiZ View Post
I mean, so that you can keep the best perfomance possible.
My answer is never. When you install your OS and prgrams and are activated, you make a system image. If you ever have problems, you just use the system image. A lot easier than formatting, reinstalling and reactivating. If you maintain, properly, that should not even be necessary.
This is what I do. I created an image of my system partition after I installed all my apps and tweaked things to my liking. If something goes wrong or I just feel I want a fresh start I am back to a fresh install in about 10 minutes. The image only takes up 9GB on my 2nd partition.
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19 Mar 2010   #8

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by KaiZ View Post
I mean, so that you can keep the best perfomance possible.
Simple rule: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".

There should be no reason to reformat and reinstall unless you get yourself all virused up. Keep your filing system tidy, do regular defrags, clean out temp folders, rmove unused software, etc. and you should never have to reinstall.
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19 Mar 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Ok then, thanks guys.
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19 Mar 2010   #10

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

I may have over simplified it by my statement above,, but essentially......

"Best practices for using defragmentation in Windows 7 are simple – you do not need to do anything! Defragmentation is scheduled to automatically run periodically and in the background with minimal impact to foreground activity."
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