That's hardly necessary. Microsoft's Windows Health Check tool can be downloaded and run in less than a couple minutes and you don't have to crack your machine open. This is especially important now that modern boot SSDs are typically bolted to the motherboard and it is no longer a matter of moving a couple of cables.
In the early days of Windows 11, I had the Health Check misreport multiple times in both directions and decided not to trust it. Hopefully it's more accurate now. Never seen a desktop PC where everything is soldered down only super thin light weight laptops and consumer grade junk. Buy a business laptop and have the freedom to do what you want.
The Windows installation itself is only a small part of the battle in terms of time and effort. It is going to take a whole lot longer than five minutes to configure your applications and restore all of your data and preferences as if nothing had happened. Customized Windows installation images can only get you so far.
Takes me roughly two to two and a half hours to go from a door stop to fully functional computers. I do all four of my devices simultaneously, usually on the evening of the release of a new feature update. So twice a year, except for last year (and now this year) where there was only a Fall update.
I do not store data on boot drives typically, only applications and have archived data on my NAS.
I have settings for everything I possibly can saved in XML/config files ready to be imported
I always keep my software for everything as up to date as possible but prior to formatting, I make sure I have the latest versions of Winamp, VLC, TeamViewer, Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client, VMWare Workstation and others downloaded and ready to install
- Physically disconnect all drives but the boot drive on desktop and main laptop
- Format the boot drive
- Install the latest release of Windows from bootable USB
- Main laptop only, Windows is not activated, have to attempt to activate, get error and then have the Pro for Workstations upgrade applied
- Configure the Windows UI to my liking
- Run Windows Update
- Install ExplorerPatcher (WIN11 only) and OpenShell, load my config files
- Main Laptop Only, load HP DreamColor Assistant / 2 in 1 Only, load HP-Wacom Pen Software / Desktop only, install NIC drivers (Windows does not recognize my StarTech 10 GB NIC)
- Download & Install MS Office
- Download Install & Adobe CC applications (Desktop & Main Laptop only)
- Install all other applications mentioned above
- Download latest Symantec Endpoint installation package, install it
- Pair bluetooth mice, headsets, speakers, add printer
- Reconnect data drives
- Disable System Restore, Enable RDP
- Run Disk Cleanup, run Cleanup-image CMD, Trim SSDs
- Go to bed
Last year I started using BitLocker drive encryption, so I assume I'll have to disable BitLocker on the boot drive prior to formatting and re-enable it and I'll have to enter the recovery key on the other drives once they are connected, but that only takes a few minutes.
This is all auto-pilot brainless muscle memory for me.
I have near zero issues with Windows, it's been rock solid for me. I attribute a lot of that due to my twice a year start from scratch philosophy. I do not encounter many of the problems you see posted online, I do not encounter the problems many of my users have who have gone from 1511 or 1607 to the current 22H2 on the same computer. That's about a dozen in-place upgrades, that's just gross. If I have to spend in-between 4 or 5 hours a year to make sure my devices are running to my super anal level of satisfaction, so be it.