Ask the Readers: How Often Do You Reinstall Your Operating System?

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By Akemi Iwaya on November 17th, 2010

Reinstalling our operating systems from time to time is a fact of life whether we use Windows, Linux, or OS X. What we would like to know this week is how often you reinstall your operating systems.


Everyone has their own approach when it comes to deciding when to reinstall an operating system. Some people prefer a structured time frame such as every six months to ensure an uncluttered operating system that will run quickly and feel “fresh”. Others prefer a more long term approach such as once per year or longer since they rarely have much trouble from their systems. Maybe you prefer to do a fresh install when a major update such as a service pack or version upgrade becomes available. Then there are those people who only reinstall when they need to after a system becomes totally unstable or unusable…these operating systems may run for a very long period of time between fresh installs.

How often you reinstall an operating system may be a result of the type of system you use. Perhaps you never have good luck long term when using Windows but could use a Linux system for two years straight without a problem. The kinds of activity performed on a computer can have a huge impact too. A good example would be if you engage in a high volume of experimenting with or installing/uninstalling lots of software.

This week we would like to know how often you reinstall operating systems on your computers. Is there a particular reason for the time frame you use such as bad experiences in the past? Perhaps your time frame is based on advice or recommendations from other people on when to perform a reinstall. Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Note: You can make up to two selections in the poll (for those readers who use more than one operating system type).

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Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 11/17/10
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