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    Do We Really Need To Re-Install Windows Every So Often ?



    do we need to format our pc's every now and then ?

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    Do We Really Need To Re-Install Windows Every So Often ?

    Post  kenn™ on 21st August 2013, 11:23

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    We have debated this question long enough and we have never concluded to an answer yet. People re-install windows for more then one reason but the most common of them is a pc slow down. But, we ask is it required to do so ?

    Reinstalling Windows is inconvenient. You have to back up all your data, go through the install process, reinstall all your favorite programs, and restore that data. This sucks up valuable time.

    So lets understand why does windows slow down over time then shall we ?

    The main reason people reinstall Windows is because it slows down over time. But why do Windows systems slow down over time?

    1. Startup Programs: Examine a Windows system that’s slowed down and you’ll likely to find many additional startup programs have been installed, lengthening the boot process, cluttering the system tray with useless icons, and consuming CPU, memory, and other system resources in the background. Worse yet, some computers may come with a huge amount of useless startup programs out of the box thanks to manufacturer-installed bloatware.

    2. Explorer Plug-ins, Services, and More: Applications that add shortcuts to Windows Explorer’s context menu can make right-clicking on files take much longer if they’re badly programmed. Other programs may install themselves as a system service, so they’re running in the background even though you can’t see them. Even if they aren’t in the system tray, useless programs can slow down your PC.

    3. Heavy Security Suites: Security suites like Norton are often very heavy, consuming a lot of resources  to perform all their functions. You don’t really need a full security suite — just an antivirus program.

    4. PC Cleaning Tools: PC cleaning tools are generally scams. Paradoxically, they can make your computer even slower if they add themselves as a startup program and run in the background. The scammiest PC cleaning programs may even install additional spyware and other junk. Use the free CCleaner instead of paid PC cleaning tools.

    5. Other Junk: Poorly written applications may clutter your system with useless DLL files and fill your registry with useless entries. The worst applications may not clean up properly after themselves, leaving this stuff on your system even after you uninstall them.

    6. Browser Toolbars: Legitimate browser extensions can slow down your browser enough, but junk add-ons like the terrible toolbar can slow things down even more.

    Thus, now we know what causes a pc slow down, its us, who install softwares which are junk.

    Now, the answer to how can one prevent it from going slow, well this will vary from person to person but this stated below is the best remedy to prevent a pc from going slow.

    1. Install only software you’ll actually use.

    2. Pay attention when installing software and avoid installing browser toolbars, spyware, and other garbage software that can slow down your computer. In other words, do not let any software allow itself to install anything else but the software that you intend to install.

    3. Occasionally use a tool like CCleaner or Disk Cleanup to remove the temporary files wasting space on your hard drive. You don’t have to reinstall Windows to get rid of these. Remember disk cleanup is an integral part of windows.

    4. Take proper care of your web browser, too. Use a minimal selection of browser extensions. If you don’t use a browser extension, uninstall it — it’s just taking up system resources and slowing your browser down for no good reason.

    5. Use a startup manager tool like the one included with CCleaner or the one built into Windows 8 to prune useless programs from your startup process.

    Tips for Testing Software

    If you want to test software without allowing it to mess up your system, consider installing it in a virtual machine or using a sandboxing tool like Sandboxie to isolate it from the rest of your system. The software won’t be able to mess with your main operating system — just your virtual machine or sandbox environment.

    Right, we now know what causes a pc slowdown, how to prevent it, so now actually lets see when do we need a windows re-install, shall we ?

    If you’re taking proper care of Windows, you shouldn’t need to regularly reinstall it. There’s one exception, however: You should reinstall Windows when upgrading to a new version of Windows. Skip the upgrade install and go straight for a clean install, which will work better. Performing an upgrade install can result in a variety of issues — it’s better to start with a clean slate.

    Obviously, if your Windows system has slowed down and isn’t speeding up no matter how many programs you uninstall, you should consider reinstalling Windows. Reinstalling Windows may often be a faster way to get rid of malware and fix other system issues than actually troubleshooting and fixing the specific problem. However, you should try to take better care of Windows in the future.

    If your Windows computer is running fine, you don’t need to spend hours reinstalling your operating system — even if it’s been years since you last reinstalled Windows. That’s a sign you’re doing a good job of taking care of your Windows system.

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