Re: [NTLK] Hard reset - Who Does 'em?

From: David Golden (
Date: Tue Mar 12 2002 - 18:29:47 EST

on 3/12/02 5:17 PM, Jeremy Bond Shepherd at wrote:

> At 09:33 PM 3/12/2002 +0100, you wrote:
>> Curiousity: Does anyone ever do a brain wipe and reinstall stuff, just to
>> get a clean system? Having installed and tried so many shareware things
>> that I didn't keep, my system kind of reminds me of a windows box that you
>> uninstall things from but all those annoying supporting files and
>> associations are left behind. God love mac's for uninstalls. Anyway - is
>> it too much of a pain, or do folks do it.
> Lots of apps stash information in the System Soup, which you'll lose when
> you do your brainwipe. Two that come to mind are More Folders from
> Standalone (you'll lose all your folder definitions) and the entire suite
> of Tactile software (you'll lose registration and will have to either
> obtain a new reg code from Tactile or find an underground method of
> re-registering those packages).
> Macs are kind of the same way. You can reinstall your System and all the
> apps, but your prefs will get blown out, as well as any other data that was
> stored in the System Folder (ugh, Eudora used to save your mail in the
> system folder by default. Thank goodness they stopped that nonsense!)
> -Jeremy

I used to do hard resets every once and awhile to recovery some heap and to
kind of freshen things up. Sort of like flushing a radiator.


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