Hey guys - I just got my new system (C2D E6600) and am faced with a dilemma. Should I go through the hassle of doing a clean install of Windows XP on a new drive? I've had XP running for 5 years with no problems, but I am aware that a clean install usually results in a quicker, more stable OS that is free of "gunk."
My only drawback to doing this, of course, is having to reinstall every program and then re-tailor XP to my liking. That's a lot of work, especially when it involves tweaks such as disabling uneeded services, etc. I'd basically be jumpng ship on 5 years of fine tuning. I'm posting this to get your thoughts - based on experience or otherwise, as to what you think I should do.
Windows is currently on a IDE 100 drive, and while I have a free SATA-II available, I know the speed improvement won't be that significant. However, since the mobo/CPU change, I'm getting the dreaded BSOD, which means my only two options are a repair install or starting over from scratch. It seems results with the former have been mixed, which has added to my uncertainty as to what to do.
Reinstall windows. Just do it. Your computer will be happier, and so will you.
Yeah, I know you're right. If I didn't, I would always be thinking, "how much better could my OS be running right now?" I don't think we'll ever see the day where MS comes up with a solution that matches the effectiveness of a clean install. XP is great, but as OS's go, it's still pretty messy. At least I have all my personal files backed up, and this will be my first attempt to see if Ghost 10 can actually restore them.
I would recommend a fresh install, but I have done upgrades where people were not ready to reload yet and have used the microsoft sysprep utility. It works great. Saves you from having to do a new install on major hardware change.