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Old 6th February 2006, 05:26 AM
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I've been grumbling about my PC's performance for a while. Defrag and system cleaning will take you only so far, and this weekend I did the dirty deed: Format C: . Now, after reinstalling everything with the latest drivers, it feels like a new machine. I seem to be doing this pretty regularly, once a year or thereabouts. Now I wonder how often other windows users do this? What about you lot?

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Old 6th February 2006, 08:57 AM
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I've been grumbling about my PC's performance for a while. Defrag and system cleaning will take you only so far, and this weekend I did the dirty deed: Format C: . Now, after reinstalling everything with the latest drivers, it feels like a new machine. I seem to be doing this pretty regularly, once a year or thereabouts. Now I wonder how often other windows users do this? What about you lot?

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My home machine is in year 5 with the original installation; no performance issues that might prompt a reinstallation of the OS (XP).
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Old 6th February 2006, 09:25 AM
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I seem to be doing this pretty regularly, once a year or thereabouts. Now I wonder how often other windows users do this? What about you lot?

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Never, so far....
But, clean registry, restrict cookies, delete temp and cookies at shut down, remove no used fonts, only real needed stuff at startup, no automatic update/patch - I deside which one, it's my machine -, only shortcuts on desktop, defrag every 3 weeks, and I suffer from one healthy disease: backupomanie...
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Old 6th February 2006, 10:56 AM
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But, clean registry, restrict cookies, delete temp and cookies at shut down, remove no used fonts, only real needed stuff at startup, no automatic update/patch - I deside which one, it's my machine -, only shortcuts on desktop, defrag every 3 weeks, and I suffer from one healthy disease: backupomanie...
Likewise... I do all that too (except for the desktop - no shortcuts there), but every once in a while I decide that I want a clean slate. I will admit, of course, that the machine is not exactly new, and I sometimes run it at the limit of its capacity.

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Old 6th February 2006, 02:33 PM
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I will reformat mine every year or two. My laptop really needs a clean up, just have not gotten around to it yet.
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Old 6th February 2006, 03:02 PM
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This is one thing I have wondered for some time - why is it that quality-minded individuals don't see the better reliability and long-term affordability of the Macintosh? I use a Mac at home and a pc for work. While there are preventive maintenance activites that should be doneon a Mac, there is no spyware, reformatting every year or two, rebooting all the time and little worry of viruses.
I admit that a lot of Mac users seem a bit snooty and pretentious... but there's a reason why they love their machines: they get to spend more time using it than troubleshooting it.
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Old 6th February 2006, 03:20 PM
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This is one thing I have wondered for some time - why is it that quality-minded individuals don't see the better reliability and long-term affordability of the Macintosh? I use a Mac at home and a pc for work. While there are preventive maintenance activites that should be doneon a Mac, there is no spyware, reformatting every year or two, rebooting all the time and little worry of viruses.
I admit that a lot of Mac users seem a bit snooty and pretentious... but there's a reason why they love their machines: they get to spend more time using it than troubleshooting it.
With the demise of Win 9x and Microsoft's standardization on NT, most of the reliability issues that have plagued Windows are history. As I said in an earlier post, I'm still on my original XP installation and I can't remember the last time it crashed. Most of the problems Windows users have are due to Windows users, and not the OS itself. Not that there aren't issues, mind you--Mac is more secure, but only because it's not the huge target that Windows is.
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I admit that a lot of Mac users seem a bit snooty and pretentious... but there's a reason why they love their machines: they get to spend more time using it than troubleshooting it.
I'm a Mac person since 1986 but I have gone through complete formats before. And the same on PCs. Most people don't go that far but most people don't take the case apart and clean the fans every month or two or six or whatever. My house is dusty so it's something I do every couple of months.

As to reformatting the HD - On older machines it does help, typically, because it clears out a lot of garbage files and such. And even aspects such as the hard drive are a part of it. Current hard drives are so fast defragmentation, for example, doesn't help much if at all. And some OS's, like Mac OS X, defrag on the fly as a file is written. Older hardrives often do benefit some from a format.

It was only about a month ago that a friend brought his computer over (a Compaq about 3 years old). There was a driver issue when he installed an upgrade to his DVD program and the machine screwed up royal doing all sorts of weird things including the DVD program not working and the computer not recognizing an external firewire DVD drive. So, we started from scratch. Not a low level format, but we did do a check for bad sectors. Then we started with his original install disks and went through all the installs, Windows XP patches, etc.
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