How Often Do You Format Your PC?

  Colin 13:24 13 May 2011

I was thinking the other day that I’ve been running Windows 7 since its inception in October 2009. I installed it on a self built PC and to me, it seems to be a snappy as ever. I recall that with Windows ‘98 I used to reformat around every 6 months and with XP/Vista around 9 months. Maybe because I’m older I don’t notice it as much or the thought of a reformat doesn’t excite me as much as it used to, but I’m pretty sure that W7 doesn’t seem to suffer as much with installations of crapware, demos, utilities etc. Has anyone else noticed this?

  n47. 13:30 13 May 2011

This windows xp machine has not been formatted at all. PC World i-media bought in 2005.

  wee eddie 13:44 13 May 2011

Never been tempted to format any of my PCs, from Windows 3.something, '95, 98se or XP, which I am currently running.

I suppose that, if I were an inveterate Installer of assorted Games and different Software every couple of weeks, it might become necessary, but I'd put that down to my own fault for incompetent housekeeping.

  wiz-king 13:56 13 May 2011


  gengiscant 14:22 13 May 2011

As I upgrade my PC often it can be a couple of times a year, but as I have an SSD drive which just has my Operating system and programs its a simple process to reinstall.

  Quickbeam 14:25 13 May 2011

Whenever the only other option becomes throwing it out of the window!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:35 13 May 2011

March 2005 Medion never been formatted

Only time I ever format is brand new drive that comes without being formatted or rescuing old drives from U/S machine to reuse as external storage.

  Condom 15:24 13 May 2011

I have always built my own PC's and used to reformat at least once a year. Like you I have had W7 installed since day one and so far not seen the need. Perhpas having CCleaner and Revo Uninstaller around these days has helped somewhat.

  interzone55 15:29 13 May 2011

I used to reformat my Win 98 machine every 6 months. XP lasted about a year before it became a total dog.

I only reformatted my Jan 2007 bought Vista laptop in February this year when a nasty bit of malware caused all sorts of problems.

I wonder if as time has gone on I've done less tinkering with my PCs, so they've not been damaged as much by repeated hardware & software changes...

  Al94 15:46 13 May 2011

Never. I'm sure CCleaner helps!

  Colin 16:03 13 May 2011

I use CCleaner as well. It must be doing its job.

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