How Often Do You Re-Install Your System?

How Often?

  • 6 Months or Less

    Votes: 4 6.7%
  • 7 Months to a Year

    Votes: 3 5.0%
  • One to Two Years

    Votes: 3 5.0%
  • Major OS Upgrades (e.g. 10.x.0)

    Votes: 9 15.0%
  • Whenever it Seems to Need it

    Votes: 11 18.3%
  • Reinstall? Why??

    Votes: 30 50.0%

  • Total voters
    60

astrostu

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Feb 15, 2007
378
15
Just curious. I think I do it once every 2-3 years, just to get rid of all those thousands of tiny files that were created from all those applications that I once used but never did again. And generally I do it with a major OS upgrade.

Oh, and this means a complete and total clean install, wiping the old system and starting anew (though copying back files and folders like work stuff, etc. is fine).
 

Xavier

macrumors 68030
Mar 23, 2006
2,567
1,150
Columbus
I have never done a "clean install."

The only time my OS gets a install of any kind is when there is a minor OS update, like 10.4.10, or a major OS update.
 

xparaparafreakx

macrumors 65816
Jul 29, 2005
1,273
1
Brand New Computer, New OS, and every break I can get during the school year. I try to it once a year during the summer.
 

S281

macrumors newbie
Jul 26, 2007
4
0
California
Mine will only gets OS upgrades when more advanced OSs come out, or when bug fixes are released. I'm probably not going to do a major OS upgrade until I really need to though.
 

NorCalLights

macrumors 6502a
Apr 24, 2006
592
76
My time is too valuable to be spent reinstalling my OS. That's why I have a Mac. If something catastrophic happens, I can restore from my backups... but I don't reinstall unless I absolutely must.
 

MacPossum

macrumors 6502
Jul 15, 2007
280
0
My first Mac (G5 Tower) that I bought three years ago runs as fast as it did from day one and I have never done a compete reinstall. Oh how I love Macs:D
 

Sbrocket

macrumors 65816
Jun 3, 2007
1,251
0
/dev/null
I have too much customized under the hood to bother reinstalling the system regularly. I doesn't need it (as long as you don't screw it up), and its a major waste of time and effort. Then I'd have to move over all my LaunchDaemons and scripts and all sorts of other stuff...way too much trouble.
 

Nermal

Moderator
Staff member
Dec 7, 2002
18,721
1,202
New Zealand
I reinstall whenever IJ Reilly tells me to. I also sneak in the odd reinstall for major upgrades such as Panther to Tiger.
Heh. I plan to format when 10.5.1 comes out, otherwise I've never done it on this system (except when I changed the hard drive).
 

Jack Flash

macrumors 65816
May 8, 2007
1,160
7
Really just whenever I get the opportunity to reinstall everything how I want. I'd say maybe every 8 or 9 months.
 

tutubibi

macrumors 6502a
Sep 18, 2003
538
0
localhost
I never did re-install on any of my OS X (or Linux) machines.

Windows is a different story. I have to re-install it on my kids PCs every 3-6 months. But even that is more because it's kids PC (everything get's installed) not because it's Windows ;)