Reinstall Windows - folder or entire partition?

  Christopher Lewis 11:17 20 May 05

My old Windows 98 machine is getting a little slow and behaving erratically, so I guess its time to reinstall Windows and my applications.

Previously I've just reformatted the partion and reinstalled everything from the original CDS, then patched and updated.

A recent article in PC Advisor suggests just getting rid of the Windows folder, reinstalling the OS, and the applications.

I don't see the advantage of this, am I missing something?


  Diemmess 11:27 20 May 05

Agree with you. One of the advantages/snags with a flakey installation is the need to start from scratch if you really want to be rid of the debris of the old system.

I liked 98SE for its predictability - not all of that was welcome!

But to me it seemed part of life to expect to reinstall very occasionally or to Have a good clone in the background to overwrite the running system when it became rough. That was one of the important advantages of partitioning too, even though with 2K and XP it is possible to do all sorts of restorations without a format.

  Christopher Lewis 12:27 24 May 05

Thanks - it's not just me then! I'll stick to the tried and trusted method.

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