A user asked me:
“My current main computer is in need of reloading Windows due to old software installations and other issues. Should I re-format the hard drive?”
Reformatting is ok, but not for the faint of heart. I’d only do it if that drive has years of life left in it, and only because I have the knowledge and confidence to proceed with that extreme endeavor.
I always avoid doing it though – and instead opt to:
C. Delete temp files:
- Press Windows Key+R
- Type: %temp%
- Then select and delete contents of that folder.
In my many years of experience, I find most systems just need an oil change, not a new engine… 🙂
If you choose to reformat: if drive is 4+ years old – I’d consider picking up a new drive.
reformat, you have one chance to save critical data. I don’t know
how or where you save your work files, and other things like email
addresses, internet bookmarks, downloaded emails etc.
To summarize, clean up the system first – that’s often enough to achieve better performance!