Is there any value in doing something like this once or twice a year? Can it harm the computer? I realize that it is a great inconvenience having to re-install everything but can the value outweight the inconvenience?
profman wrote:I can only speak for myself, but I have never had to re-format a hard drive due to problems with software or the operating system. I just constantly maintain and monitor my system. I do restore the registry files every so often (on Win 9X) when I've had some software problems. I've used DOS, Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows 2000. Windows 2000 and, I hear, Windows XP is very stable.
I would only use Restore Disks if I was desperate. They usually are not even full copies of the OS.
But to each his own!
Mandrake wrote:James: Judging by your UA string, you are using Windows XP. Windows XP is the second most stable windows ever (after win2k) - I always used to have to reformat 98 SE, becuase it was so unreliable. But Windows XP is reliable enough that you shouldnt have to reformat more than once a year.
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