Reasons behind reformatting your hard drive and reinstalling Windows OS?
by Lee Koo (ADMIN) - 8/14/09 1:38 PM
Whats the reason behind reformatting your hard drive and
reinstalling Windows occasionally?
Ive been an avid reader of your help and how-to newsletter
for many years and thanks to you and the members, I have
learned quite a bit. The one thing that I could never
understand is when a topic of Windows problems is presented,
many people offer the suggestion of reformatting the hard
drive and doing a fresh install of the Windows operating
system and magically things should be solved, but they never
go into details as why this solution works. Is this some sort
of standard Windows ritual that Im not aware of? Ive never
really understood this, but there is always a few who mention
it and Id really like to understand why people give such
advice and also what it does for you? Is it bad advice or
should it be taken into consideration? Is this something that
I should be doing to improve my Windows XP system? Should
this task be performed every six months, every year, every
other year...??? Please help me out as this subject has been
puzzling for me for quite some time. Thank you.
Submitted by: Stephanie L.
Here are some featured member answers to get you started, but
please read all the advice and suggestions that our
members have contributed to this question.
See my answer to last week's question ... --Submitted by Watzman
It all depends... --Submitted by Zouch
It isn't necessarily standard procedure --Submitted by 4Denise
Reinstalling and reformatting --Submitted by xpdeg
The last resort --Submitted by alswilling
If you have an answer or would like to share why you personally do reformat of the hard drive and a fresh install of the Windows OS with Stephanie, please click the reply link below and submitted. Please be as detailed as possible in your answer. Thank you!