Serious investigations into UNIX and Windows

Bart Silverstrim bsilver at
Mon Oct 25 10:47:28 PDT 2004

On Oct 25, 2004, at 1:33 PM, Giorgos Keramidas wrote:

> I was referring to problems that require a bit of esoteric knowledge 
> about how
> things work but not really a reinstallation of the entire system, i.e.:

I realize the same time, I don't blame the techs working on 
Windows that end up reinstalling in lieu of other choices.  It's 
trained.  There are so many oddball interactions and cruft that builds 
up in the system that reinstalling fixes, it's a HUGE timesaver when 
troubleshooting systems compared to the preferred "what's making this 
happen?" investigative repairs.  If you're fixing a client's computer 
it can really help on their bill too...2 hours of wipe/reinstall/driver 
hunting is better for most of them than 8 hours of googling, registry 
pruning, etc...especially if in the end you end up having to do the 
wipe/reinstall anyway.

Windows just encourages the wipe/reinstall method because of it's 
quirks and sloppy management tools and security.  Usually it's the 
biggest timesaver to do that.  Of course, it depends on the 


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