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Windows 7: How Often Do You Reformat.

13 Nov 2009   #1

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How Often Do You Reformat.

On a yearly basis how often do you do a wipe?

For 2009 i think this is my 2nd or 3rd for my desktop. First for my laptop. Last year may have been close to 4 on the desktop.

I just have to say, thank god i bought an external HD to store my music, movies, and data. Also has anyone noticed to do a clean install of xp takes an hour or more and 7 takes 30 minutes? Awesome.
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13 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64

about 80 times this year already...
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13 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate (x86)

Every 4 to 6 months using a drive image. Or in the event of a virus/trojan. In that instance I dont even bother to clean the infection. Just restore and image.
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13 Nov 2009   #4
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64

probs once a year, but this year 30-40 times.
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13 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chopsuey View Post
Also has anyone noticed to do a clean install of xp takes an hour or more and 7 takes 30 minutes? Awesome.

Maybe every couple of months or so. If I see some sluggy behavior here and there.

Clean install, from booting from the disc--to desktop, takes just about 12 minutes for me. Has since one or two post beta builds.
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13 Nov 2009   #6
Brian the King

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Generally every 3 or 4 years
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13 Nov 2009   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Usually twice a year, unless i get a virus i cant get rid of
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13 Nov 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

Windows 95 - Every Second Week
Windows 95 upgrade - Every week
Windows 98 - Every 3 months
Windows 98 SE - once a year
WinXP - Every year, can use it for 2 years if im lucky or no virus find it way on my pc
Windows 7 - first install 2 days ago ....
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13 Nov 2009   #9

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11

Once each quarter. This time it will be twice this quarter. . .downloading OpenSuse 11.2; will load up later this evening.
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13 Nov 2009   #10

Windows 7 Pro (64-bit), Arch Linux

I don't really format any of my machines unless an OS breaks beyond repair or I install a new Linux distro.

Back when I used Ubuntu more, I did a clean install for every new version (6 months cycle), but later switched to a rolling release distro, so no reinstalls are needed. I don't remember ever having had to reformat any of my Windows boxes. (I'm not sure how people catch so many viruses, but I don't pirate and generally don't download a lot of executable stuff.)

Windows 7 has only been on my desktop for two weeks, so can't say much about it. I can say, though, that if I had to reformat more than, say, once a year, I'd switch platforms. (I have five machines: one with W7, one with XP, two with Linux, one with FreeBSD.) I mean, it's fine for an experimental box, but anything I do work on really needs to be stable and mature enough to not require me to reformat the HDDs.
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