Time to do a fresh install of Windows 7?

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matacks
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I installed windows 7 and began using my PC nearly two years ago.

Since then I've installed tons of stuff, games and apps.

Lately my system isn't acting the best. There may be some problems like a virus or some of poorly written apps I've installed and uninstalled have left stuff behind that are causing problems.

The latest quirk my PC has is crashing when I wake it up from sleep mode. I went into the device manager and switched 'allow keyboard to wake up PC' on, this only gave a temporay fix. Hope its not a hardware problem. :O

So, is it time to format the drives (two in RAID 0) and do a fresh win 7 install?
I have tons of games on my PC and I bet it would take steam a week to download all that stuff again. Many of my documents and stuff will be easy to back up to an external drive. Or, should I try to do some maintenance and stick with the windows install I have now?

Thanks for any suggestions. :D

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If you have a external disk, you can save all steam game in that plus you pics and video, all your stuff... (Steam have a special fontion to "backup game file" and simply drag and drop into steam to validate and reinstall it)

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ahhh cool. That makes sense. I had hoped I'd be able to so something like that. That will surely save a lot of time.

Yea, thinking I'm just gonna go ahead with the new install of win7.

Thanks :D

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whoops edit- I double posted.

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Try running some spyware scans to see if the problem persists. Also, do a few runs of CCleaner. If that doesn't fix it, do a clean install as a last resort.

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Awesome thanks Rodney! This helped answer my question. I think I'll not be needing to install windows again.

I use Webroot secure anywhere software and spybot S&D. Both have worked great. I also installed CCleaner as mentioned and ran that. It earased a bunch of stuff which was also great.

Recently, I was trouble shooting my PC and trying to figure out why it was crashing when waking up from sleep mode. I have found the problem and fixed it! :D

Yesterday I noticed a little red windows notification flag on my screen. I clicked it and it indicated something about a video card hardware problem. I also found out there was a problem with my steam installation and it missed 11 updates (but thats unrelated).

I ran memtest 86. It passed with zero errors so I ruled that out.
Then I decided to look at the video cards (I have 2 xfire)

What I eventually figured out was that I had crossfire disabled. I just had to go into CCC and enable crossfire. I found out that if I have two cards installed but do not have crossfire enabled, it will cause my system to crash when waking from sleep mode and some other problems. My firefox and Opera browsers were also crashing all the time like crazy. I think it was related to the xfire.

I found that when I do a CCC update it will go back to the defaults and disable my xfire. I had not noticed this and didn't understand later why my PC is crashing. Now whenever CCC updates I just have to remember to enable xfire again.

Now, I can wake up my PC from sleep mode as many times as I want without my system having so much as a hiccup. :D

Thanks again for the all the replies everybody!