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
    37

roger_m

Level 34
Verified
Content Creator
Dec 4, 2014
2,330
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.
 

Stopspying

Level 14
Verified
Jan 21, 2018
624
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.
 

Back3

Level 9
Apr 14, 2019
405
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.
 

jetman

Level 8
Verified
Jun 6, 2017
396
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.
 

show-Zi

Level 31
Verified
Jan 28, 2018
1,999
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.
 

plat1098

Level 25
Verified
Sep 13, 2018
1,423
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:)
 
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