Another question, how often do you re-install

  AngeTheHippy 05:03 31 Jul 2004

or re-format your HDD? Some time back, a PC engineer suggested that he, like most of his colleagues did a clean format approx. every 6 weeks - this can't be right surely? One thing for certain though, it WOULD get rid of those little nasties that can lurk about...

ps....yeah, too hot for sleeping again hence these middle-of-the-night posts!

  AngeTheHippy 16:53 31 Jul 2004

actually is was an Evesham engineer that advised this.... Oh well. I can fully understand you Norman47, I too would have liked a 'clean slate' prior to BB. What I really REALLY hate, is if you install some s/w then decide that it's not for you, you go ahead and un-install (via control panel)but it leaves small files behind. These must mount up, even though I've got LOADS of apps on my PC and out of a 111Gb HDD I have 103Gb free space... should I worry about them?

Just off to take dog for a walk.

See ya all later,


  alan227 17:01 31 Jul 2004

I have an 80gb drive with 56gb free, I have had XP installed on this machine for 18 months without a re-install and the only reason I had to do one before that was because I was dual booting with linux and entered a wrong command at root and zapped my boot loader so I could not load XP or Mandrake.
I would give up if I had to re-install every 6 weeks.

  Stuartli 17:27 31 Jul 2004

Support stalion's viewpoint - never had to reinstall once in past eight years.

Keep system tidy, install and uninstall as per instrucitons, defrag on a regular basis and there really should be no need except in an emergency.

  AngeTheHippy 19:39 31 Jul 2004

I like your wit, stalion - like it a lot!!!!!

I guess I'll look for a registry cleaner first then, don't know which one to go for, but I think there are a few freebies so will start looking.


  woodchip 21:09 31 Jul 2004

The way to do it is create a Image with such as Acronis true image When you have it as you want, this saves all the problems in trying to resolve a problem or get rid of disc invasion

  AngeTheHippy 09:38 01 Aug 2004

You swallowed a DICTIONERY???? ;D


  powerless 11:23 01 Aug 2004

I reinstalled several weeks back but then forgot SP2 wasn't ready to be released.

So that screwed that up.

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