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    Quote[/b] (elgecko @ Mar. 19 2006,6:58)]I reformat my computer and start fresh at least once a year. I'm a big download junky that like to check out all kinds of programs I do not need. So reformating it cleans everything up.
    I reformat every 2-3 months (sometimes monthly depending). It's crazy how much your registry can screw up in a months time.
    I use to also reformat M$ windows at least once a year. I solved that problem by no longer using windoze.
    Best way to solve problem:
    1. Format drive
    2. Install FreeBSD
    3. Install Wine, a windows emulator, if you are desperate to run windoze apps.
    Windows may have more holes than swiss cheese... it may have a registry that seems to self destruct on a timely basis... but nothing beats the compatibility. Vista will hopefully be more stable.
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    I sometimes use my popup blocker counter to tell me when to reformat. When it hits 1000 Popups blocked, it's time to think about reformatting.
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    I dunno, I always considered over-formatting, over-defragmenting, over-whatever to be a waste of my time. If you learn to use good habits while on the internet, you can generally avoid many of the unpleasantries that it holds.

    In the case of the topic starter, I'd first try switching back to my old RAM to see if the problem persists (I'm sure a lot of people are thinking "but that has nothing to do with..." but let me tell ya, I've been doing this for a while now; it's worth giving it a shot, if for nothing else than hoots and shouts.) After that, if they can't advise you otherwise, a format should do you wonders.
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    Quote[/b] (elgecko @ Mar. 19 2006,6:58)]I reformat my computer and start fresh at least once a year. I'm a big download junky that like to check out all kinds of programs I do not need. So reformating it cleans everything up.
    I reformat every 2-3 months (sometimes monthly depending). It's crazy how much your registry can screw up in a months time.
    I use to also reformat M$ windows at least once a year. I solved that problem by no longer using windoze.
    Best way to solve problem:
    1. Format drive
    2. Install FreeBSD
    3. Install Wine, a windows emulator, if you are desperate to run windoze apps.
    Windows may have more holes than swiss cheese... it may have a registry that seems to self destruct on a timely basis... but nothing beats the compatibility. Vista will hopefully be more stable.
    "Vista will hopefully be more stable."

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    Vista will hopefully be more stable.
    I can't stand it. My stomach hurts and I have tears in my eyes.
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    Well whatever the the problem was, reformatting it, it activated itself...so go figure....next problem...says my partition is low on disk space...I think my programs are trying to install on the partition versus the main harddrive space...any suggestions for that?

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    Quote[/b] (nepenthes gracilis @ Mar. 21 2006,9:14)]Well whatever the the problem was, reformatting it, it activated itself...so go figure....next problem...says my partition is low on disk space...I think my programs are trying to install on the partition versus the main harddrive space...any suggestions for that?
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    Wow, I can't believe you guys are having to format that often. I did back in the ME/9X days, but not with XP. I'm at atleast 4 years with out a format.

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    Quote[/b] ]You shouldn't be prompted for any activation for hardware upgrades unless you reinstalled windows as a part of it.
    - incorrect - Part of the serial number from the processor, memory, Video card, I think one other component as well, are included in the activation process. It is also verified on every start up. If one has changed or something is added it will rerequest activation. (If I am remembering correctly 2 or 3 changes can be made before it asks you to re activate)

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