Computer Rebuild

Today I rebuilt my Windows laptop at work. A change in network policies meant I had to move my apps and settings from {machine name}richr to {domain name}richr. That took about half of my day, and generated endless frustration. The reason it only took half a day is because I wrote up a 5 page document listing out all the changes to make. Why did I write that document? Because this is the fourth time this year I have had to rebuild my Windows machine.

I have owned my iMac for four years, and have never rebuilt it. Not once. Not even through two operating system upgrades (one of my PC rebuilds was caused by upgrading to Windows 7).

Four times in one year is pretty exceptional, but most Windows users I know accept that they will do this once or twice a year.

Why do people put up with this?