En­sure your next Win­dows re­in­stall goes with­out a hitch with the help of these es­sen­tial tools and util­i­ties


When you next come to re­in­stall Win­dows, it pays to take pre­cau­tions in the form of var­i­ous back­ups—File His­tory is es­sen­tial for per­sonal data, but what about pro­gram set­tings, and how about a fail-safe backup in the event of a botched re­in­stall?

The re­in­stall process is also a good ex­cuse to make changes to the way you or­ga­nize data on your PC’s main in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal drives, while you’ll also want to make sure that you have the lat­est ver­sions of the Win­dows in­stal­la­tion files, to save you a lengthy post-in­stall up­date process.

All these po­ten­tial prob­lems are cov­ered by our fa­vorite re­in­stall tools. You’ll find the best drive backup tool in the busi­ness rubs shoul­ders with our free par­ti­tion edi­tor of choice and the Win­dows Me­dia Cre­ation Tool, which en­sures you have the lat­est ver­sion of Win­dows 8.1 or 10 on your PC.

Throw in a cou­ple of other handy ap­pli­ca­tions we’ve tracked down for you, and your next Win­dows re­in­stall just got a whole lot sim­pler (never mind safer).

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