Cre­ate the per­fect re­in­stall

Give your PC a new lease of life with our re­in­stall tips for Win­dows 7, 8.1 and 10

Windows Help & Advice - - CONTENTS -

Re­in­stalling Win­dows is like death, taxes and wash­ing up – try as hard as you might, you can’t put it off for­ever. The re­in­stall process is tra­di­tion­ally as­so­ci­ated with giv­ing your PC a ma­jor clearout – restor­ing it to its hal­cyon days when it fairly flew through the tasks you put in front of it. But re­in­stalling Win­dows can also fix any non-hard­ware prob­lems, re­move cor­rupt files and mis­be­hav­ing pro­grams to give you back con­trol of your PC.

Not all re­in­stall pro­cesses are the same, how­ever. In this fea­ture, we’ll look at five dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios. There’s the re­pair in­stall that fixes mi­nor prob­lems with­out af­fect­ing your pro­grams, files or set­tings, as well as the more fa­mil­iar de­struc­tive in­stall that re­moves ev­ery­thing and gives you a clean slate. But we’ll also touch on re­in­stalling from re­cov­ery par­ti­tions, down­grad­ing your ver­sion of Win­dows to an ear­lier ver­sion and set­ting up a dual-boot setup that en­ables you to run two dif­fer­ent ver­sions of Win­dows side-by-side.

Oh, and be­cause re­in­stalling can be a dan­ger­ous busi­ness, we’ll also re­veal all the tips and tricks you need to back up all your data and set­tings, along with what to do to bring it all back again once the re­in­stall process has fin­ished.

Long story short, once you have fin­ished read­ing this fea­ture you’ll be armed with ev­ery­thing you need to know about re­in­stalling Win­dows. Let’s get started…

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