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Windows 7: Method to Keep Windows from Deteriorating

31 Oct 2009   #11
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Hammerhead:

I thought I read some months ago that Home Premium and below will only permit one image and it must be on a local drive, but Pro and Ultimate can handle multiple images and allow you to put them on a network??

I haven't confirmed that as yet and haven't checked it out since retail versions were released.

If Home Premium can only do a single image, that would be a letdown.


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31 Oct 2009   #12
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Hammerhead:

I thought I read some months ago that Home Premium and below will only permit one image and it must be on a local drive, but Pro and Ultimate can handle multiple images and allow you to put them on a network??

I haven't confirmed that as yet and haven't checked it out since retail versions were released.

If Home Premium can only do a single image, that would be a letdown.
I checked on my Home Premium. You can copy to HD, CD/DVD or External HD, but not to finger drive.
You can have more than one copy.
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31 Oct 2009   #13
noyb

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Over time, Windows begins to slow down, work less efficiently, etc....

My Idea. Take a system of image of my OS, now, while it is only 4 days old. Enjoy my computer for the next few months or ....

Now, I install the OS image that was taken many months ago, then tranfer my documents, etc and then use easy tranfer to reinstall my settings etc.

Did I come up with a good idea or are there limitations and problems that I am not experienced enough to realize?
This is true in XP .. I assume W7 will be no different.
I'm a believer that nothing tunes up a computer .. or fixes what may ail it .. Better than a fresh install.

We have about the same idea

My procedure started with a fully loaded Fresh install ..
then I made an Acronis backup.

The next time .. I will recover to the last fresh install .. update it ..
and make a new Acronis backup for the next time.

A problem will be your personal Data ... (I have mine in a different partition)
All I have to do is replace the System partition.

The confusion will be in understanding the difference between the System, System configuration stuff and you Personal Data.

Actually .. I have my next Fresh restore in a HDD in an external enclosure .. ready to run.
All I have to do is Swap HDDs
I can copy things I need to do to it .. Like addresses. favorites ..etc .. to the desktop ..
and keep the Data updated .. (a Backup)

I never backup my Working System .. You just never know what junk it's collected.
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31 Oct 2009   #14
H2SO4

Win7x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by noyb View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Over time, Windows begins to slow down, work less efficiently, etc....
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This is true in XP .. I assume W7 will be no different.
It's only true if you define "Windows" as "your entire computing experience, including all software which currently calls your machine 'home'".

Windows itself does not slow down at all. Why would it? Disregarding the effect of updates which may subtly alter behaviour, Windows is just code which behaves the exact same way today, tomorrow, or in the year 2381.

Installing apps and various add-ons takes its toll. That AV driver wants to inspect all I/O activity, and in doing so it introduces delays. The new office suite wants to pre-load some stuff into a process which runs automatically at startup in order to speed up document opening and rendering. The internet "download manager" sticks its nose into every download, even if it's not obvious, Just In Case It's Needed. And so on.

However, even the combined effects of multiple non-default add-ons which are functioning well is usually not what causes people to reinstall in exasperation. Instead, what drives them batty is that broken software component which is causing a 30sec delay at logon time, or the one which periodically makes everything freeze for 9 seconds, or the one which makes shutdown take 37 minutes, all for reasons entirely inscrutable at end-user level.

Hence, the OP's original statement would perhaps be more accurately paraphrased as:

"Over time, a home user is quite likely to pick up one or more performance-degrading add-ons whose modes of failure are too complex for them to troubleshoot..."
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01 Nov 2009   #15
Taliseian

Win 7 SP1
 
 

I did something similar, but I have my system set up specifically for this.

First off, I partitioned one of my drives into a System and a Data drive. Also, I've added other drives to the system since then.

Next, I do a clean install of Windows 7. The only thing I do is activate it. I don't install any drivers and during the install process I make sure that Windows Update is turned off.

Then, I make an image of the installation using Acronis and save it to one of my other drives.

This way when I feel the need to do a clean start, I just use Acronis to restore a clean install of Windows that has been activated. Since drivers change and are updated over time, I can do driver installs without the need to remove older drivers first.

The only disadvantage are the apps/games that need to be installed. I play some game that don't have registry entries or make the entries the first time they're played. Other games and apps I'll have to install, but its really very minor in this way.

Also, anything that can be saved to another location are saved onto one of my other drives or backed up (in the case of games I'm playing) when I restore my install.

Since I've started doing things this way, I never worry about when or if I need to reformat. I just backup a few things and restore a clean, activated OS whenever I need to.

Hope this helps......


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