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Windows 7: Should you re-install Windows every year?

24 Feb 2011   #11
Rockfella

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

OP i don't run business online and don't understand the amount of tweaking you've done in windows 7. I would back-up all data in a different drive then make two partitions in the main disk. Since i use pc for basic home usage i install 7 only in a 15 gb partition, all my downloads by default go into the D drive not the main system partition hence even if i have to install 7 10 times a month there is no need to back up data as it is already backed up in D partition. I disable all "my pictures/music/movies/downloads" etc because all these are extensions of system C drive. Almost nothing ever goes in my main C drive. Hope you understand. This backing-up thing is way too simpler than what people think all over the world.
I assume u must be using some business related softwares that might need more space so u can make a 50 GB partition for windows 7 and keep all data in the secondary partition usually D.
PS: Since you use ur pc for business avoid useless tweaks for the sake of making the OS look good. I don't use/install anything that i don't really need atleast once a week.
Use:
ccleaner (to clean crap)
revouninstaller: to uninstall softwares
defraggler: to defrag.

All small sized freewares.


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24 Feb 2011   #12
Howie

Windows 7
 
 

Agree with Rockfella 100%
That's the way I've done it for ages and it makes life so much easier
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24 Feb 2011   #13
gregrocker

 

You can link your User folders to your data drive this way: User Folders - Change Default Location

This makes the backup image more compact so that if Win7 becomes irreparable, you can reimage OS/Programs partition in 15 minutes and the data is waiting and current in it's own partition "vault."

Best to put data on another HD, too, along with image.
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24 Feb 2011   #14
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I think when this user refers to the words "tweaks", it's more like customizations and stuff. For example, changing fonts in applications. Setting up wallpaper rotations. Setting up skins for your music and media player. Configuring default save locations within applications. You know....all of the stuff that you do to the computer to make it work the way you want it to work.
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25 Feb 2011   #15
Rockfella

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Same here zero probs since 2007. I laugh at people who talk about "loosing data" after a fresh format/install...it amazes me really. I also wonder why companies like dell keep the main C drive as a huge 95% of the entire hdd and 5% as restore partition but dell charges money to create partitions before installation
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Agree with Rockfella 100%
That's the way I've done it for ages and it makes life so much easier
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25 Feb 2011   #16
electrotune1200

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rockfella View Post
I also wonder why companies like dell keep the main C drive as a huge 95% of the entire hdd and 5% as restore partition but dell charges money to create partitions before installation
Why would the restore partition need to be any bigger than necessary?
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26 Feb 2011   #17
Rockfella

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Why would there be a restore option? Why cant they make C drive of only 20 Gbs and leave the rest hdd space as D drive?
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rockfella View Post
I also wonder why companies like dell keep the main C drive as a huge 95% of the entire hdd and 5% as restore partition but dell charges money to create partitions before installation
Why would the restore partition need to be any bigger than necessary?
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02 Mar 2011   #18
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by electrotune1200 View Post
I do mine every 6 months. Just to make sure it's clean.

With your drivers, files, and program installers organised. It's a 2 hour investment every 6 months. And Having a clean image with no updates or programs installed helps.

Why not?
You must be far, far more organized than I am, because the idea of finishing a clean install, including all of the drivers, programs and resetting all of the tweaks necessary in 2 hours is only a pipe dream for me. If it were that easy for me, I would make it a routine as you have, but I have been running his installation since W7 was first released.

I guess that I'm just too lazy to tackle that situation. Actually, it feels kind of good that I have run this long, because in the past I was never able to keep it going like this, because of some kind of problem that forced me to do it far more often than I cared for.

This is one reason that I have postponed doing some major hardware upgrades, because that would force me to start from scratch.
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02 Mar 2011   #19
barryware

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
You must be far, far more organized than I am, because the idea of finishing a clean install, including all of the drivers, programs and resetting all of the tweaks necessary in 2 hours is only a pipe dream for me. If it were that easy for me, I would make it a routine as you have, but I have been running his installation since W7 was first released.

I guess that I'm just too lazy to tackle that situation. Actually, it feels kind of good that I have run this long, because in the past I was never able to keep it going like this, because of some kind of problem that forced me to do it far more often than I cared for.

This is one reason that I have postponed doing some major hardware upgrades, because that would force me to start from scratch.
A clean install, drivers, MS updates, install your apps, update them, etc, etc., then tweak my UI and everything else Takes me 8 ~ 10 hours.

I image my drives every week.. I keep three weeks worth of images on two seperate drives. I do another image prior to an app install or a big update.

If something does not turn out the way I like, I restore a drive image as oppesed to "uninstall" the app or update. That way, my machine stays clean.

Uninstalling anything, leaves a bunch of junk behind in regards to reg entries, program files in the system folder, etc. It really never completely "uninstalls"
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02 Mar 2011   #20
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Okay, I can understand that, but restoring from an image is totally different from doing a clean install, as the subject of the thread is about. Actually, restoring an image shouldn't require any additional driver, programs or tweaks, so an hour should be plenty of time.
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