Posted August 03, 2015
Somehow i'm not following you... I'll list my personal thoughts and reasons.
Elenarie: Why do people still bother with this. Just upgrade and then reset if you want a clean install. Much faster, and much less work.
First if there's a hidden partition that's suppose to be the base install, that doesn't ensure the remainder of your files are safe, plus i have no clue how to access/use those partitions so i end up destroying them for more storage space. Let's not forget if Windows 10 overwrites it, you can't revert using that anyways.
Second, backing up and restoring depending on how much data you have can be an enormous amount of content and more work than it's worth. My main computer (doubling as a file server for our house) has a 1Tb drive that's 99.9% full... If I reset, i'll likely be dumping all my files and installing linux afterwards... (Although i still have to deal with the overheating issue the CPU has)
Third, reinstalling an OS is time consuming. You're looking at usually at least a 4 hour project, tack on one or more failed attempts that could be a few hours per (or longer if it downloads the image as it tries to install); Once the OS is installed you have to install the programs; it's far faster to swap a drive.
Fourth, most computers that you buy brand new that come with windows (not sure about macs) don't come with a OS/Restore disc anymore. Often without the tools to fix it you'd have to call in, ship your whole computer to them, then have them flash the drive with the default installation.
Maybe i'm missing something, but i just see it as a big pain no matter how you look at it.
Post edited August 03, 2015 by rtcvb32