Gadget Fiend wrote: ↑
Fri Oct 22, 2021 5:01 pm
at least 5 different custom PCs that I built for myself, colleagues and friends. On each system, Windows would "hard crash" every 6 months or so forcing me to do a clean install of the OS and hundreds of plugins (not to mention countless drivers). Since moving back to a MacBook Pro in 2015, I haven't had a single crash.
The constant troubleshooting on these Windows 7 systems was infuriating and exhausting by comparison
This isn't normal at all
. Because the only other common denominator mentioned, besides the systems being Windows PCs, is that they were custom built and maintained by the same person, I find it likely that it's a case of user error. It's a touchy topic, and mentioning it in this manner isn't probably the greatest idea on a forum, but in my experience this is likely; in the sense of disregarding known-to-work compatible component combinations, and best practices in software installation and general maintenance. Doing actual custom builds on a professional level isn't that trivial. (On the other hand, good and expertly done custom builds are very solid and dependable. Again, I'm talking about systems that routinely accumulate uptimes counted in weeks or months, and just don't crash.)
Especially when describing the "constant troubleshooting" being "infuriating and exhausting", it raises these flags more. Having worked in many professional settings, this sort of thing isn't required at all if the systems are designed expertly from the get go.
If that many systems, built and maintained by the same person, crashed like this even once during a short timespan like that, in a professional environment, the contents of the custom build and procedures used would be looked into pretty thoroughly, and if the systems weren't replaced outright, they would also definitely be imaged
after the first reinstall, if that wasn't done already, so that the "countless drivers" and "hundreds of plugins" wouldn't have to be reinstalled from scratch again
, which is a realistic precaution if so many machines built in the same fashion have already failed at short intervals. Then, if it happens the second time ("every six months" sounds absolutely awful) it's out of the question this is kept going without any such measures, and a total rebuild consulting someone else is more likely.
In any case, we are talking about something that happened years ago - major OS generations ago - so it's more like idle conversation than indicative of how things presently are, which ever way they may be. Tldr: this isn't normal, and ironically even if you are implying your experiences indicate PCs aren't suitable for professional/serious work, it's the really serious production environments where you are least likely to run into stuff like this.