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Random thoughts from somebody working on the next Windows OS

Two timesavers when Windows misbehaves:

Logoff/Logon, instead of rebooting

Windows occasionally gets into a weird state where, well, things just
stop working - the start menu doesn't launch some apps anymore,
clicking links in Internet Explorer doesn't work, context menus stop
working, etc.*

Instead of rebooting Windows to get things working again, try logging
out and logging back in. When Windows (and the apps that plug into
the Windows shell) get into some weird state, you don't need to
reboot; a logoff shuts down the Windows Explorer, and a logon loads
it again.

. . .

Recreate your profile instead of reinstalling Windows

On your home machine (not a domain-joined machine):
If your Windows installation is in a terrible state (too many
application installs and uninstalls, weird application
crashes at weird times, file associations that don't work
anymore, etc):

Instead of wiping and re-installing Windows**:

Back up all your files
Log on as a different user on the machine
Delete the user profile of your user (in Computer Properties,
Advanced Settings)
Log on as your old user account

All your files will be gone (you did back them up, didn't you?)
but you will have a clean registry, and as far as all
applications are concerned, you are a new user.

Restore your files

. . .

... And you don't need to reinstall all your drivers. Again.

Politics have no relation to morals.
-- Niccolo Machiavelli