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Longest period of time without needing to reinstall windows?

  1. MyWebs profile image83
    MyWebsposted 8 years ago

    What is the longest windows has worked for you without having to format disk and reinstall it?

    I've had Vista Home Premium running on my Dell laptop for about 3 years now. Best I have ever had. Previously about once per year windows would need a clean install.

    1. Hope Wilbanks profile image69
      Hope Wilbanksposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      When my husband bought me my first "brand new" Compaq desktop, it was when Windows ME first came out. That thing crashed ALL THE TIME. It was ridiculous. Then I finally put XP on it and it was better. Since then (that's been many moons ago), I've had better computers, and of course, Windows XP and Vista have been much better OS. My newest laptop is running on Windows 7 Home and it's great.

    2. marc liron profile image60
      marc lironposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I have 3 Windows PCs in my office at home. XP machine 5 years with no rebuild, Vista machine 3 years no rebuild and the Windows 7 PC 6 months with no rebuild :-)

  2. Rochelle Frank profile image96
    Rochelle Frankposted 8 years ago

    I've never installed windows or reinstalled them (it).

  3. thisisoli profile image72
    thisisoliposted 8 years ago

    Had XP since it's release till about a year and a half ago (When my computer died of Motherboard Failure)

    I am now on Vista and it is still working well!

  4. earnestshub profile image89
    earnestshubposted 8 years ago

    Win98 was stable after sp2, I ran that for 3 years or more.
    XP has been a stable platform for 3 years. I just went to windows 7. It is heaps better than anything else at least so far. smile

  5. WriteAngled profile image85
    WriteAngledposted 8 years ago

    I've never reinstalled and wouldn't know how.

    1. earnestshub profile image89
      earnestshubposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You need to start with a brave heart and a full bottle of whiskey in my view! I hate installing then getting patches, and trying to get the whole system back to where it was before. Hate it!

      1. stretchy profile image48
        stretchyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I had window xp but it caught a virus, bad bad boys on the porno sites it caught a virus, I had a friend reinstall window xp professional but it wasn't validated. I have the window xp home and i want to change to my window xp home . What happens to the files I have now and what is the first thing I need to do.
        Until I get it validated I can't do very much.

    2. earnestshub profile image89
      earnestshubposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Smart! By time windows needs a rebuild, hardware is sadly dated anyway!
      (Did I brag about my new laptop with windows 7 yet?)
      Well it is great! lol

      1. profile image0
        mtsi1098posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I just saw windows for the first time yesterday...very nice...good luck with the laptop

  6. profile image0
    mtsi1098posted 8 years ago

    approximately 5 years - I run Linux smile

  7. Hejanny profile image52
    Hejannyposted 8 years ago

    2 years ago I used a computer dated from 2001. I didn't know how to reinstall then(forgive me..), so it lasted its life for 7 years and ended its days. Really a long time!