Q&A Do you ever redo your whole OS system from scratch or back a fresh install of the OS from a image because have to but because you can and want to?

Do you ever redo your whole OS system from scartch ? Not because you have to but because you want to

  • No

    Votes: 16 43.2%
  • Sometimes

    Votes: 10 27.0%
  • Yes

    Votes: 7 18.9%
  • All the time

    Votes: 4 10.8%

  • Total voters


Level 34
Content Creator
Dec 4, 2014
I did do that quite some time ago on my main system. But I don't plan on doing that again for years if I can help it, as I prefer not having to reinstall apps. As long as my computer is running well I won't reinstall Windows. If it isn't, I'll do my best to resolve any issues before I resort to reinstalling.


Level 14
Jan 21, 2018
On my main PC I try not to have to re-install the Win 10 OS because of the reasons mentioned above by others. On another PC which I test a lot more software on I do re-install the OS more frequently, maybe 3 or 4 times a year. Even when using uninstallers with good reputations there can be leftovers from software and even more so with anti-malware products, because they go deep into the system, even if you use the recommended same brand uninstallers. Clean installs speed up that machine quite significantly.


Level 9
Apr 14, 2019
Four years ago, I set up my new PC and made a basic image with Macrium. No security software except Microsoft Defender. Every 2-3 months, I update or upgrade that image. Last week I upgraded to Windows 21H1 and updated Macrium. I keep 5 basic images. I can use F-Secure for many months, but this software is not a part of my basic images. Only Microsoft Defender. And Configure Defender.
This week, I use Microsoft Defender with Configure Defender and Voodooshield 6.50. In the last 4 years, I had to go back twice 6 months earlier to get rid of a bug but, most of the time, my PC stays very stable.


Level 8
Jun 6, 2017
I create images with Macrium Reflect which I can then use to make a clean install of Windows if necessary.
I have other images containing installations of Windows plus my applications etc.

Then if I want a fresh start, I can just restore one of my saved images, let Windows perform updates, and add my personal files.


Level 31
Jan 28, 2018
I do a clean install on a regular basis. The reason is to free up space on the c drive.
Regarding the point of reinstalling the software and restoring the environment, I am dealing with it by putting the portable version in the d drive as much as possible.


Level 25
Sep 13, 2018
Voted "sometimes," and it's actually necessary if an Insider wants or needs to leave the Insiders program. It's as-needed.

I've had to clean install via my boot media twice within the past 13 months due to some issue that I couldn't resolve-- but not recently. I prefer NOT to reset.

My static image is actually of an older OS--like 20H2 or something. Guess I'll have to refresh it, I'll do it tomorrow (right, plat, right.:rolleyes:)