I want to reinstall Windows, but don’t know if I should do a clean install or use the recovery CD/DVD that I got when I bought my PC. Should I use the recovery CD/DVD or do a clean install from the Windows DVD?
The advantage of using the recovery CD is that it will install all the drivers for you and you won’t have difficulty finding the right drivers for your PC.
The disadvantage of using the recovery CD is that it will also install loads of the manufacturers bloat-ware, which will slow down the PC with unnecessary software.
If you install from the recovery media, then you can uninstall the unnecessary software afterwards, but this might be time consuming and when you uninstall software, it never seems to be fully removed. Also some of the unnecessary software may contain drivers for your PC, drivers which you could have downloaded without the bloat-ware.
If you do a clean install from the Windows 7 DVD, you will have to spend time looking for drivers. If your manufacture has made the drivers difficult to find on the recovery DVD (by zipping them or otherwise) or if you are not PC savvy then this might be difficult for you.
Ultimately a clean install will be better, but it just depends on how much time you want to spend and how IT savvy you are. There’s always the option of a clean install, then revert to the recovery DVD if it doesn’t go well with the drivers.
Of course you could always create a new topic in the forum and someone will help you find the right drivers…