Do people not reformat every 3-4 months?
Have different hard drives, or partition your drives properly. You should have your OS on its own drive, dedicated only to the OS, and nothing else on it. Your system will run more smoothly, and it's a lot easier to reformat.
^ This is good advice.
Maintenance on a computer is necessary, and part of maintenance is either a clean reformat and reinstall, or using a recovery partition/ghost disc. I've had to help people with shutdown problems in Windows 7 and Vista, and this problem dates all the way back to when I used Windows 3.1 -- I don't see it disappearing. Switching OS's won't do s***, as I said these problems persist on the newer ones as well.
Even though my wife uses 7 and Vista on her desktop and laptops I made sure my computers all are using XP. I don't have these problems. Telling him to move to a new OS doesn't help, especially crappy ones.
The reformat/recovery/ghost option should generally be used according to how much movement you do on the OS partition like installing/uninstalling programs. Less movement = wait perhaps a year or two, more movement = every 3-6 months.
Nothing wrong with MS building a sustainable operating system.
Windows XP has lasted 12 years, and its still going. It isn't something I would call crap. Granted, it isn't fair to compare a 12 year old kernel to something on a Mac or the latest linux.
Windows 8 introduces a new windows interface, but you can always switch back to the old one.
There's a reason so many software developers (including games) aren't yet completely dumping DX9c compatibility.
So many low budget netbooks were continuing to be sold using XP well past the date Microsoft tried to end XP, because budget computers like this with lesser specs and Windows Vista/7 doesn't make all that much sense.
Chances are high that when I'm going to build a new machine I just go back to using Kubuntu and emulating Windows. The only reason I'm not dual booting Kubuntu on desktop right now is that I built this machine in 2007, while it works perfectly fine it has one of those Jmicron IDE/PATA/SATA multi-faceted controllers that Linux developers have fits with, and I already spend so much time fixing other people's computers, so I don't have the time to dedicate to tweaking drivers.
Edited by zaibatsu, 05 September 2012 - 05:30 AM.