I was wondering what exactly hurts hardware? As long as I don't overclock or mess with the BIOS (and not go at it with a hammer) it should be fine, right? Lets say, I have a computer for two years. And then when it starts to slow down due to multiple driver/game/patch installations I decide to do a full system restore. Should it perform the same as if it were new? I am basically asking that aside from normal wear and tear from use, software-such as video drivers- will not affect the hardware in any way?
I am asking because I recently screwed up an ATI driver install, so I did a recovery (from the HP recovery partition) and I was wondering if it should perform the same with no problems.