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