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Thread: How Often Do You Do A Wipe and A Clean Reinstall of XP?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gas Pipe Jimmy View Post
    What disk imaging tools do you use or have good luck with?
    I'm a big fan of BING. It has a multitude of features.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gas Pipe Jimmy View Post
    What disk imaging tools do you use or have good luck with?
    Zenworks but it is pricy.

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    Free tools?

    Ones XXClone and another is DriveImageXML.

    First is to clone your hard drive.
    Second is an image maker.

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    I think its a known phenomenon, my brother calls it operating system degradation, I am not sure if that's the 'official' term for it.

    yes it happens far too often, I have done it countless times, its a pain in the arse...

    you would think now that they would find some way to make a separate location for the critical running parts, and separate ones for other bits that install, bloat and cock the thing up,

    its probably endemic, and dodgy companies know full well how to cock up your computer, put bits in invisible locations that you can't delete, it really irks me, as I want full control over what goes where, why, and it should be visible, and the whole 'guts' of your pc logically ordered and visible, instead of this microsoft mess

    imagine having some work done on your home or car, and the people put bits in hidden places to deliberately affect the running of it, without you knowing where, and you can't get at it, and messes the whole thing up.

    would you tolerate that? then why should you with your pc?


    its totally utterly immoral and shows why the world shouldn't be converted to computers and yield control to these types, they have shown they can't be trusted

    certainly, porn, some games, crappy free downloads of the web, shareware, free discs and all that, all do this sort of thing, its bad enough with decent software from decent makers, which still put unwanted bits where the average user has no idea how to access them really.

    I tried vista, didn't like it, too different, yes its pretty, but its even more irrittaing with all the messages popping up, which is bad enuff with xp

    ...your pc isn't protected....
    ....register in 30 days...
    ...turn on updates...
    ...unwanted items on your desktop....
    ....do you really want to proceed...." yes I effin well do"

    if I wanted to do it I would bloody well do it myself...I left it that way for a reason...

    reminds me of jose carreras saying to leonard bernstein....."shall I sing it this way instead?" ( west side story I think it was)

    ...bernstein replies " if I wanted it singing that way, I'd have effn written it that effin way!!!!!!!!!!"

    lets hope vistas replacement gets it considerably better....

    you would even hope they would have somthing to scan the average rate of file transfer, and then say, windows will finish installing in approx 30 mins, but vista doesn't, and xp is wildly wrong, some of the bits I want are basic basic usablitiy and information

    yes you can tell I am pissed, I have only done the latest one less than a week ago and already its iffy, and I have only added...

    acrobat reader 8
    graphics card driver and stuff
    power dvd
    1 game with physx driver, it was iffy b4 that
    and firefox, ditto


    someone please tell me the answer on how to avoid this, i have done it twice in the past month

    how do you configure one drive just for windows and the other for the rest of the files? do you have to have windows on the other drive too?

    help, please
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    my current install is about 6 months old, before that it had been 18 months on a clean install.
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    I reinstalled xp about 6 times in 6 months at one point, I was having a ton of trouble and I couldn't figure out exactely what was wrong (turned out to be a bad video card and bad ram... but the ram was just good enough to never give an error in memtest. Don't really trust memtest any more because of that.) After that though, well, my xp key stopped working, since it had been used so much. (it would no longer activate, lol.). So then I upgraded to vista32 buisiness edition, which stayed put for about 2 months ( i got it for free as an upgrade when I purchased xp), and then i upgraded to vista64 since I could get it free from my school. Been going strong since then.

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    I've had my current XP install for 3ish years now. There's no reason to do regular OS wipes if you know what you're doing and maintain your computer well.

    Run anti-virus and spyware scanners regularly if you visit shady websites. Go through your add/remove screen every few months and get rid of stuff that you don't use or don't recognize. Go through the folders in Program Files occasionally to delete the crap uninstallers leave behind. Check out your startup tab in msconfig and uncheck things that you don't need at startup. Get a registry cleaner. Defrag every once in a while.

    There's plenty of things you can do to keep your OS lean and mean if you're willing to put in the effort.

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    too bloody often, just done it again....

    yes I do know what I am doing but it keeps going unstable, and its not hardware.

    I have an idea what to do now tho' to keep it better...


    but I will b going to linux....sick of MS.

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