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I can't believe this is actually advice, either - that's what Windows users used to say in the 90s.

At least Windows, having gone through this particular growing pain, is nowadays fairly painless to reinstall. Did OSX ever improve that aspect of their product?

1) It's never been "hard" to reinstall OS X. What was difficult last time you tried?

2) The OS reinstall path is identical to the OS upgrade path, making it very well tested. This has been the case since (IIRC) Snow Leopard.

3) The latest few generations of hardware can even (re)install the OS over the internet, meaning you don't even need to carry around media to reinstall. (Assuming you're on a fast connection or are willing to wait.)

It's entirely painless to reinstall OS X.

Yes. I reinstalled OS X on a couple machines do to various issues. I was extremely surprised at how nice the experience is. When I logged back in after the reinstall, Chrome even reopened with my old tabs in it.

Not sure if that is a good or a bad thing. Would really really annoy me, tough. If I reinstall an OS, I do it because I want a clean plate, everything back to "standard". Opening my old tabs in my browser tells me, that it kept various config/temp files, which is probably what I wanted to get rid of.

If you want to lose all of your user settings, create a new user account and nuke the old one.

If you want to replace various bits of the system, reinstall the OS.

These are different scenarios with different use-cases, and I'd argue it's a much worse idea to conflate the behaviours, as in certain other OSes, than OS X's fault for properly treating them as separate operations.

User and System files are separate in Unix.

It's a good thing.

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