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 Post subject: A clean reload for the average Joe
 Post Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:54 pm 
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Scott, what can the average Joe do to perform a clean reload of an operating system in a particularly efficient and cost-effective manner? I would especially like to know in cases of troubleshooting.


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 Post subject: Re: A clean reload for the average Joe
 Post Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 7:30 am 
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Unfortunately Microsoft has made it so the "average joe" doesn't have many good options when reloading a system.

If the system is from a major OEM they can use the product recovery disc/partition to install the (proably ancient) OS, drivers and often many other unecessary applications that will be old versions and out of date. Then they can spend hours and hours installing Service Packs and literally hundreds of Windows, driver and application updates.

Or they can start with a (probably ancient) System Builder, Retail or Upgrade install media. Then they can use another system to download LAN and/or WiFi drivers just so they can go online so then they can then download and install all of the other drivers for the system. Then they can spend hours upon hours installing Service Packs and literally hundreds of Windows and application updates.

Or they can hire a tech or use a service like http://WindowsReloaded.com to do all of the work for them. This is actually the most efficient and cost-effective method since it can easily take an average joe an entire work day (or more) to do it themselves, that is if they can do it at all.

Or they can simply get a new system, as reloading from scratch has become such a daunting task that most "average joes" wouldn't even know where to begin. While this may be efficient, it isn't very cost effective. <g>

On the other hand, for technicians who load many systems the process is much easier, but it does require some work in advance. This includes building and maintaining updated Windows install sources or images that have all of the Service Packs, updates and drivers integrated. Once built, installs from these sources require little if any post-install updating. In otherwords, by having all of the updates and drivers pre-integrated the tech can reload a system without having to spend hours doing updates afterwards. Scott.


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 Post subject: Re: A clean reload for the average Joe
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When it comes to clean reloads, what if a certain business only offered to back up one's data along with reinstalling a certain operating system? Would it be worth the money?


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 Post Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 6:10 pm 
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That depends on the type and amount of data, whether restoring it would be part of the service, what OS, drivers and applications would be involved in the reload, as well as the charge for the reload, shipping, etc. Scott.


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