[SOLVED] Need Advice on Backup/Format Win10

tcprix

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First of all I'm brand new to creating a backup. I'm a streamer and have downloaded a fair bit of things and recently noticed that task manager is just loaded with stuff running. I remember not long ago it being so simple. I could see all programs running and not have to scroll miles down just to get to the bottom in task manager.

So I've had it with all the clutter and am thinking to do a format on my pc and start fresh again. My only thing is I don't want to create an exact backup of everything I have now and just format and put everything back on and it will just be the same as it was before. Am I better off just going through my PC and just making my own backup of files that I personally know I don't want to lose?

I'm not really sure what else I should say here but it just makes me cringe to scroll down like 4 pages in task manager to get to the bottom. I don't feel like I have anywhere close to that much amount of things running. I'll try to include screenshots.

1) https://gyazo.com/c062797530616b17cef3b18fe30a1f2a
2) https://gyazo.com/a363a44c32a45842c6ae11b0f908983c
3) https://gyazo.com/f77358456a3a3e255cbdb91685e117da
4) https://gyazo.com/6400d526eb690ae1db0458cb7e168293
5) https://gyazo.com/e7400d0f86cfa6cc66bd3bdb252381a0
There were a few more things running under that but I don't think it matters.
I don't think this is normal. Any help would be great thanks!
 

13thmonkey

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starting fresh and recovering from a backup are two completely different things, one will get you to a clean system with nothing installed, one will get you back to where you are now.

You need to start uninstalling things.
 

13thmonkey

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starting fresh and recovering from a backup are two completely different things, one will get you to a clean system with nothing installed, one will get you back to where you are now.

You need to start uninstalling things.
 

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There are a number of options for reinstalling windows now in windows 10. There is 'Reset this PC' / 'Fresh start'. Most machines will either have a recovery partition or dvd / usb which you can use as well. You can also (which I would recommend), download the latest windows 10 ISO and create an installation usb / dvd and format / install windows that way. This ensures that you're removing everything from the harddrive / installing the latest version of windows 10. You can then go and download the relevant drivers you need for your mobo, graphics card etc.

In terms of backing up again you have a lot of options.

But before we go through those, could you actually explain whayt the problem is? It sounds like from your thread that your issue is that a lot of programs are running and you don't like that. Is this actually impacting performance? When was the last time you formatted?

Have you tried actually checking in task manager, the start up tab and disabling any programs you don't want to start up?
 

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Ok thank you for clarifying that. I was unsure before.
 

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Hey thank you for the detailed msg.

I guess I don't have a problem more so I'm concerned with how many things are running in task manager. I swear its more than normal but is it because I download a lot more things that a lot more runs in the background? I just like to keep things clean and I mean if you glance at my screenshots and notice nothing out of the normal then I guess it's ok but that just seems like too many things running. But I really don't know what 'should' be normal.

It's not actually affecting performance, maybe slightly but it's barely noticeable. I also have never formatted this PC. I built this around April or May last year. And yes I know to check the startup tab and disable programs from running on startup. That page looks pretty normal.

So is a good thing to perform a format like every 6 months or once a year kinda thing? Or is it unnecessary/no benefits.

Thanks
 

beruuce

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It doesn't really look like a lot of processes to me, if you're noticing a performance issue then that's a different question. I wouldn't worry about the processes you've put in the screenshot.

 

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