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

23 Feb 2011   #1
lister

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)
 
 
Should you re-install Windows every year?

Hi I am sure I am not alone, but I honestly have my machine on literally 20 hours a day non stop working away. Its my work horse especially since I work online running a business.

Anyways - I am noticing a few things going a bit wrong like chkdsk.exe not working and a few other issues.

WOuld you suggest that it is a good thing to re-install a clean version of windows 7 from a previous image you made or is that a waste of time?

I mean, if my image backup has missing and corrupt registry items then I guess whats the point?

Thoughts please!

PS I wouldn't be able to re-build the system I have since there are way too many tweaks and setings to re-do, but I think that I have some issues.....

Maybe I should re-install the registry?


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23 Feb 2011   #2
electrotune1200

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

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?
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23 Feb 2011   #3
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Not clear to me what your issues are, but you might consider a repair install

Repair Install
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23 Feb 2011   #4
electrotune1200

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lister View Post

PS I wouldn't be able to re-build the system I have since there are way too many tweaks and setings to re-do

Maybe I should re-install the registry?

How much tweaking does Windows 7 really need?
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23 Feb 2011   #5
lister

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Not clear to me what your issues are, but you might consider a repair install
Repair Install

My issues are that I am noticing a few errors appearing - namely chdesk.exe not working and some programs not installing.

Maybe I am being extreme - I should just do repair install....

Thanks
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23 Feb 2011   #6
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

When I build any new machine, I load the OS, patch the OS, activate the OS and taken an image. Called it "Vanilla build".

Then, I put on software and do whatever I normally do with a PC. I take images after that and call it latest backup.

If i were on a mission of starting out fresh every year, I would use the "vanilla build". It's not really a bad idea in my opinion and if you don't do a ton of mods and know where your data is to back it up, it's pretty simple and keeps the machine running fast.
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23 Feb 2011   #7
lister

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by electrotune1200 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lister View Post

PS I wouldn't be able to re-build the system I have since there are way too many tweaks and setings to re-do

Maybe I should re-install the registry?

How much tweaking does Windows 7 really need?
My drivers for example took ages to find and install for example
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23 Feb 2011   #8
OldMX

Microsoft Windows 10 Professional / Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
When I build any new machine, I load the OS, patch the OS, activate the OS and taken an image. Called it "Vanilla build".

Then, I put on software and do whatever I normally do with a PC. I take images after that and call it latest backup.

If i were on a mission of starting out fresh every year, I would use the "vanilla build". It's not really a bad idea in my opinion and if you don't do a ton of mods and know where your data is to back it up, it's pretty simple and keeps the machine running fast.
Same here, a macrium or whatever software you prefer image with a fresh install and patches, if everything goes wrong, i can go back to ground zero in a couple of minutes.
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23 Feb 2011   #9
gregrocker

 

The modern way is not to reinstall, but to reimage using WIn7 built-in drive imaging: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Other popular free imaging apps here are Macrium Reflect and Paragon 11, which have a bit more flexibility in what you can save and where you can reimage.

I save a baseline Win7 Backup image shortly after setup when install is running best in a folder named Baseline, then save normal Backup images regularly so latest programs and changes are included. This way you have the option to go back to Baseline if your most recent image is not close enough to a clean reinstall when reimaged.

Be aware that Win7 is not tolerant of much tweaking beyond normal System settings. The popular tweaks to speed up XP or Vista are completely unnecessary and will almost always come back to bite you.
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23 Feb 2011   #10
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Maybe your tweaking screwed up Windows 7 over time.
I only reinstall if I have a catastrophic failure with Windows or the drive it resides on.
I installed this copy in August of 09 and it runs like a champ, machine runs 24/7 and only gets shut down when I upgrade parts or when we have a power outage lasting more than 5 minutes.
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