Jump to content


Welcome to Tech-101 Free Computer Support

Welcome to Tech-101 Free Computer Support, join us now to get access to all our features. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, and so, so much more. It's also quick and totally free, so what are you waiting for?

>Register Now or >Sign In.
Guest Message by DevFuse
Photo
- - - - -

Tutorial:Windows Install and Repair XP - Vista - 7 - 8


  • Please log in to reply
8 replies to this topic

#1 rev_ollie

rev_ollie

    Super Moderator

  • Moderators
  • 786 posts
  • LocationLondon

Posted 21 April 2009 - 02:20 PM

This guide will follow most aspects of a repair or new install of Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8.

The guide covers the repair of Windows which will keep files intact and the complete reinstall of Windows which will subsequently reformat and clear your hard drive.

The difference in the areas we will cover today are

Fresh Install


This is were you completely wipe your hard drive of everything and start the reinstall process. If you are experiencing errors when running Windows or when you are dealing with certain aspects then re reformat and reinstall will do your system good. Also many users will reformat and reinstall Windows and a Yearly even Monthly basis. This is because when ever you go on the Internet or go about your daily business on a PC certain files can be stored in different places on the computer. these over time build up and eventually lead the system to slow down to a crawl. Many different programs such as CCleaner try their best to remove all the junk that builds up and even with Monthly defragmenting of your hard drive there will still be files left behind that will eventually clog your system.

There for this will be beneficial to the smooth running of your PC.
 

Repair Install


What we mean by a repair install is when the system will try and find corrupt files/ folders that are stopping your system from running.

With average use of a PC files will become corrupt and will therefore stop the smooth running of your system. These files are commonly in the "boot up" sequence of the install and will cause for example the system to "hang" at a particular area or indeed during start up give you a message to tell you tat certain files are missing and that they will need repairing.

This method unlike the complete fresh install will only replace core system files thus saving your precious photos and files on your PC. However this can sometimes overwrite your Windows Profile leading to your old folders and file being given large location names, leading to you thinking after the repair they are no longer there.

If you are unsure of what process to take then please feel free to post in the forum were you will receive support if you require it and advice on how to complete a repair. However in my experience many users often go for a repair approach merely to get their files and then they complete a reformat and re install later on.

The guides are split into the different areas as below so click on the relevant name below, to go to the relevant part of the guide:

>Windows XP Install

>Windows XP Repair

>Windows Vista Install

>Windows Vista Repair

>Windows 7 Install

>Windows 7 Repair

 

>Windows 8 Install

At the end of the guide there is an area of different programs that you may want to look into before the re format process. These cover things like FireFox Favorites etc.

>Extra Backup processes

>This post has been promoted to an article


  • -1

#2 rev_ollie

rev_ollie

    Super Moderator

  • Moderators
  • 786 posts
  • LocationLondon

Posted 21 April 2009 - 02:55 PM

Windows XP Install
By completing this guide you will wipe every file stored on the hard drive and basically starts a fresh. You MUST backup everything you need before continuing with this guide because when you finish, no matter what software you run nothing will get your data back
 

This post is now a little dummed down - with no images as I lost them...hopefully its still clear.


What you'll need:

  • A Windows XP machine
  • A Windows XP installation CD with a valid Product Key
  • The Cd's and serial numbers of all the software you need to install on your fresh machine. This is imperative. Without this you will be stuck with a minimal version of Windows and then after 30 days even this will be inaccessible.
  • Hardware driver discs (or active Internet connection)

When you reformat everything on your hard drive will be wiped clean. You must backup everything that you will need after you reinstall windows because you will not get it back. I cannot stress this enough.

Insert the Windows installation disk into your CD drive. Shut down your PC. Then, wait 10 seconds and turn the PC on again. Do not run the Windows installation from inside Windows itself. Shut down first, and then boot up the machine from CD.

Depending on your PC it may come up with something like "Press F12 to boot from CD," If you're not sure how to boot from CD, check your PCs user guide for more info or post in the forum

 
1. You'll be greeted by the installation screen, all the directions are clearly spelled out on each of them

2. At the Welcome to Setup page, press Enter.

3. Press F8 to accept the Windows XP Licensing Agreement.
 
4. If you have any you may want to delete the current partition where Windows is installed. Use the arrow key to select it, and press D to delete it.

5. Press L to confirm.

6. Then, to create a new partition, select the unpartitioned space and press C. To create a new partition with the maximum amount of space allotted to it, press Enter.

7. Now select the new partition you've just created to install Windows on.

8. Format the drive as NTFS. It is recommended that you don't use the quick format option as it can miss out some files and could lead to instability in the Operating system.

Depending on the size of the drive and how fast your computer is, this will take some time. DO NOT INTURRUPT THE FORMAT OR INSTALL PROCESS UNLESS YOU ARE PROMPTED TO!

Once complete Windows will continue with the set-up.
 
9. Once the format and possible restart are complete just leave it to its own devices for a while

10. Now set your language settings. Select those appropriate to you. Be aware there is a different between US and UK keyboard settings.

11. Click Next. This brings you to a screen asking for information. Enter your Name and a company name if required.

12. This next screen will required you to add your Windows Product key. You can use XP for one machine only.

13. Next the install will request your computer name and optional password. Enter as required.

14. Now you simply need to enter your computers date and time settings as required making sure to select the correct time zone.

15. XP will now run through setting up your network. If you are using a wireless card this will normally be skipped and this requires additional setting up. If you are not sure then leave it for now.

16. Next there will be a request for a WORKGROUP. This is the name of the group of computers that this computer will be sharing a network with. If you intend to use things like file sharing over a Home Network then enter a name in here that is relevant. However more than likely you will leave this as WORKGROUP and this is easy enough to remember.

17. Now we get to the final part of the Wizard. At this point your PC may restart and additional settings may be changed for example the display settings will now be addressed. However this will just be a simple box with yes or no so follow the commands.

18. You will be asked to validate your Network settings for Windows Validation and Registration.

If you selected the default networking configuration during Setup and know it will work (because you're connected directly to a cable modem, perhaps, or are on a local area network), then select Yes (the default). Otherwise, you can select No and then Skip

19. Now fill in the users form. This will set up all of the user accounts on the PC. After this XP is ready to boot.

Following this your system should be booting and ready. If not please ask in the forum for help.
 

Section 2

Your first call will be >Microsoft updates.

Install all available updates which are appropriate to your system. These can also be downloaded through your Automatic updates. These will address possible Security Flaws in your system and also updates for the software. You will also find this is the best point to install XP Service Pack 3. These again can be accessed through automatic updates.

To set up Automatic updates:

  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. Copy and paste, or type the following command, and then press ENTER: sysdm.cpl
  3. Click the Automatic Updates tab, and then click to select one of the three options. I recommend that you select the Automatic (recommended) option, and then choose the time that you want the system to automatically download recommended updates for my computer and install them.
  4. Click OK.

The Second call will be device manager:

  1. Click Start
  2. Right click My computer
  3. Under tasks click device manager
  4. The Device Manager dialog box is displayed.

There will be a series of yellow markers over your hardware. If you have a driver CD now is the time to insert it and install. However if you don't have a driver installation CD as many PC users don't, then you will need to go to the hardware manufacturers website. Some (not all) hardware will need some form of Product ID and so it is handy to keep any boxes with you so you can quote the part number.


Edited by rev_ollie, 24 May 2013 - 12:49 PM.

  • 0

#3 rev_ollie

rev_ollie

    Super Moderator

  • Moderators
  • 786 posts
  • LocationLondon

Posted 21 April 2009 - 03:06 PM

Windows XP Repair

A repair install of Windows XP can be used to fix minor errors. As stated earlier it can create large file names and location and such and so should only be used when you need to rescue data or to fix minor errors as if you have your data then you may as well perform a fresh install as your PC will always benefit.
 
What you'll need:

  • A Windows XP machine
  • A Windows XP installation CD with a valid Product Key
  • The Cd's and serial numbers of all the software you need to install on your fresh machine. This is imperative. Without this you will be stuck with a minimal version of Windows and then after 30 days even this will be inaccessible.
  • Hardware driver discs (or active Internet connection)

Please Note: This process is carried out using a Microsoft XP installation DVD. If you have a recovery DVD that came with your system you will have no choice but to completely reinstall your entire operating system. See the above post for information on this or post to the forum for more help.
 
1.jpg
 
1. First insert your XP DVD and restart your PC. If required tap the appropriate key to load form the disk.
 
2.jpg

2. The installer will now begin

3.jpg

3. On this screen you need to press Enter

4.jpg

4. Here you must agree to the terms of the license agreement by pressing F8

5.jpg

5. Because you have already got an installed XP system, the existing install will be picked up. Once highlighted press R

7.jpg

6. XP will now copy all necessary files to your PC for the repair to take place

9.jpg

7. Just like the normal XP install you are required here to insert your language options, again there is a difference between US and UK.

10.jpg

8. Once again insert the name of the group/ network this PC is part of. If its not part of a network just leave the default WORKGROUP

13.jpg
 
9. Now let Windows do its thing and if successful the repair will be finalised

If any further settings are required, fill in the options the installer asks for.
 
Part 2
Now during the repair some hardware drivers and Microsoft updates could be removed and so similar steps should be taken here for when installing Windows for the first time.

First go to >Microsoft updates.
Install all available updates which are appropriate to your system. These can also be downloaded through your Automatic updates.

To set up Automatic updates:

  • Click Start, and then click Run.
  • Copy and paste, or type the following command, and then press ENTER: sysdm.cpl
  • Click the Automatic Updates tab, and then click to select one of the three options. I recommend that you select the Automatic (recommended) option, and then choose the time that you want the system to automatically download recommended updates for my computer and install them.
  • Click OK.

Also don't forget to check device manager

  1. Click Start
  2. Right click My computer
  3. Under tasks click device manager
  4. The Device Manager dialog box is displayed.
  5. Look for any Yellow markers or anything regarding inactive hardware. Then right Click > Properties >and then go to the Drivers Tab and click update.

  • 0

#4 rev_ollie

rev_ollie

    Super Moderator

  • Moderators
  • 786 posts
  • LocationLondon

Posted 21 April 2009 - 03:52 PM

By completing this guide you will wipe every file stored on the hard drive and basically starts a fresh. You MUST backup everything you need before continuing with this guide because when you finish, no matter what software you run nothing will get your data back
 

What you'll need:

 

1. A Windows Vista compatible machine. Be aware not all PCs with the Vista compatible sticker on will run Vista. Make sure you have the following:
Home Basic

  • Processor: 1GHz (32 or 64 bit)
  • System Memory (RAM): 512MB
  • Hard Drive: 20GB with 15GB available for Vista
  • Video Card: 32MB Memory and DirectX 9 Support
  • DVD-ROM Drive

Home Premium, Business, Ultimate

  • Processor: 1GHz (32 or 64 bit)
  • System Memory (RAM): 1GB
  • Hard Drive: 40GB with 15GB available for Vista
  • Video Card: 128MB Memory, DirectX 9 Support with: WDDM Driver, Pixel Shader 2.0, 32bits per pixel
  • DVD-ROM Drive

2. A Windows Vista installation CD with a valid Product Key. This is imperative. Without this you will be stuck with a minimal version of Windows and then after 30 days even this will be inaccessible.

3. The Cd's and serial numbers of all the software you need to install on your fresh machine.

4. Hardware driver discs (or active Internet connection)
 

Insert the Windows installation disk into your CD drive and shut down your PC. Then, boot from CD. Do not run the Windows installation from Windows itself. Shut down first, and then boot up the machine from CD. Depending on your PC it may come up with something like "Press F12 to boot from CD," If you're not sure how to boot from CD, check your PCs user guide for more info or post in the forum
 

preparevista01.jpg

 

1. First select your language from the list and press Next

preparevista02.jpg

2. You will then see this screen. Click the Install Now button to install
 

preparevista03.jpg

 

3. Then you will be asked to select which version of Vista you are installing. It is imperative you get this correct otherwise your product key will be denied.

 

preparevista04.png

4. The product key window will now open. Type your product key number into the available box and then press OK

 

preparevista05.png

5. Then you must agree to the the terms and conditions

 

preparevista06.png

6. As this is an OEM disk the only option I have is a fresh install and so I need to click Advanced.

 

preparevista07.png

 

7. As you can see there is one partition Disk 0 Unallocated space i.e I have no data on it. For Vista you will need to click on advanced drive options.

 

preparevista08.png

 

7.1 Then you need to click on "New" to bring up the partition creation toolbar:

preparevista09.png

7.2 Now press Apply and then Format. Windows will now go about actually installing windows

preparevista10.png
 

 

After some time (the exact amount of time will depend on your computer's hardware), the setup process will install updates for the operating system.

The computer will then automatically reboot. Now the installation process will configure the system. Again, the exact amount of time will depend on your computer's hardware.After the long wait, the system will then reboot once again. Don't be worried if all you see is a black screen, but after a few moments comes the Windows configuration message.

 

When it's finished all you need to do is set the nitty gritty bits like picking your pretty windows user picture. I'm sure i don't need to go through that so I'll skip it. When you are asked I would recommend that use the reccomended settings for Windows update and Security.

Windows should now be installed and loaded up. If you have questions etc then please ask on the Windows forum.
 

Part 2:


Your first call will be >Microsoft updates.
Install all available updates which are appropriate to your system. These can also be downloaded through your Automatic updates. These will address possible Security Flaws in your system and also updates for the software. You will also find this is the best point to install XP Service Pack 3. These again can be accessed through automatic updates.

To set up Automatic updates:

1. Click Start, and then click Run.
2. Copy and paste, or type the following command, and then press ENTER:

sysdm.cpl

3. Click the Automatic Updates tab, and then click to select one of the three options. I recommend that you select the Automatic (recommended) option, and then choose the time that you want the system to automatically download recommended updates for my computer and install them.

 

4. Click OK.

You will also need to go about installing Driver software that came with your PC and external devices.


  • 0

#5 rev_ollie

rev_ollie

    Super Moderator

  • Moderators
  • 786 posts
  • LocationLondon

Posted 21 April 2009 - 04:21 PM

Windows Vista Repair

Some times annoying little things will go wrong with your operating system that leaves you with no option but to reinstall your operating system. However you may also not have backed up your software pictures etc.This is were a repair install comes in handy.

Take Note: Although you are performing a repair install please backup your important data! If the repair goes wrong or you choose the wrong option your data may be deleted. You have been warned

 

What you'll need

1. A Windows Vista compatible machine
2. A Windows Vista installation CD with a valid Product Key. This is imperative. Without this you will be stuck with a minimal version of Windows and then after 30 days even this will be inaccessible.
3. The Cd's and serial numbers of all the software you need to install on your fresh machine.
4. Hardware driver discs (or active Internet connection)

Now if you have a backup then we will begin.

vistarepair2.png

1. Just like the Vista installation this screen will appear. Select you appropriate settings.

vistarepair3.png

2. Now instead of clicking install now click Repair your computer

vistarepair4.png

3. Vista then searches for your previous operating system. In this case Vista

vistarepair5.png

4. Click next to Continue

vistarepair6.png


5. Here click on Start up Repair

Please note: If the repair process detected that you previously had problems starting Vista, instead of displaying the list of recovery tools, it would have automatically started the Start up Repair tool for you

vistarepair7.png

 

6. The repair tool will now search for the error and attempt to rectify it. Your PC will most probably reboot several times during this process which is OK

Please note: If windows asks if you would like to run a system restore you should press Cancel on the first run. If after the first run vista hasn't managed to repair the boot then press Yes.

You will then get asked if you would like to send information to Microsoft. You can either click Yes or No its up to you.

 

Vista will now give you the verdict of either it can or it can be repaired.If it can press Finish and reboot. If not Press Cancel.


I would then suggest that you walk through using the System restore process on the main tools screen and selecting a restore point at least a week old.

If this also doest work then either post in the forum or carry on with this guide as to >How to Reinstall Vista
 

Following the repair it is strongly advised to run Windows Updates and also repair/reinstall Windows drivers.


  • 0

#6 rev_ollie

rev_ollie

    Super Moderator

  • Moderators
  • 786 posts
  • LocationLondon

Posted 21 April 2009 - 04:22 PM

Windows 7 Install
 
Although similar to the Windows Vista install there are some differences to the install of Windows 7

Again as a warning - By completing this guide you will wipe every file stored on the hard drive and basically starts a fresh if you choose to format your drive. You MUST backup everything you need before continuing with this guide.

What you'll need:
The specs for Windows 7 are below, and indeed are much lower than that of Windows Vista:

  • 1GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1GB RAM (32-bit) / 2GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16GB available disk space (32-bit) / 20GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

If unsure then why not run the - >Microsoft Windows upgrade advisor
If your PC meets the requirments and you have a booting disk then lets start. If your disk does not boot or there are any querie or issues please ask them in the >Windows 7 forum.
 
 
windows-7-install-1.png

1. Once you have inserted your Windows 7 disk the excitement begins. Wait for the loading screen to continue, don't get over excited and try and skip anything

windows-7-install-2.png
 
2. Continue to wait. Its still loading, give it chance

windows-7-install-3.png

3. Ok now we begin. Here you need to enter your regional settings for the PC. Make sure that you select the correct language and then the correct Time and Currency.
Make sure to select the correct Country as this will effect the default keyboard locations, currency and time/Date display
 
windows-7-install-5.png
 
4. Ok now hit the Install button. Once you do though there is no going back without a fight. Make sure you have done all of your backups and saved everything you need.
 
windows-7-install-6.png

5. Check out the license agreementy by scrolling through...or just tick Accept and then Next like eveyone else does...

windows-7-install-7.png

6. Ok now this guide is for a Full Fresh Install so at this point you need to click Custom (advanced).

If you have an upgrade Disk then please click Upgrade and follow the instruction or ask in the forum for help. Don't worry about clicking the wrong option. It will simply tell you that you have the wrong disk and to try again.

windows-7-install-8.png
 
8. This is the selection were you are going to select the drive to which you are going to install Windows 7.
As this is a fresh install the disk is empty/un allocated. If this is  the case click the drive and click Next
 
If you have data on the drive and no longer require it:

  • Click the drive
  • Click Drive Options (advanced)
  • Click Format
  • When complete click New and enter a maximum partition size (click the up arrow until it goes up no more)
  • Click Next

If you have data you want to keep you will need to click New and then set the size of your patition. Ask on the forum if you need help with this.

windows-7-install-9.png
 
9. Windows will now actually do the install for you. Give it plenty of time and let it finish. It will restart a few times and possibly flash but this is normal (see below).

windows-7-install-12.png
 
10. Now its your turn again. Enter what you want your username to be and the name of the PC.

windows-7-install-13.png

11. You need to give your PC a strong suitable password.

Even if you are the only one in the house you never know what might happen so make sure its a group of letters and numbers and please please please Don't put the password answer as the hint...the internet community will thank you.

windows-7-install-14.png

12. Here you need to input your product key.
 
windows-7-install-15.png

13. For this step I would advise selecting the top option unless there is a really really good reason for not doing so.Updates are very important for security matters and this saves alot of time changing and setting things up in the future.

The rest is pretty simple and so is just summerized:


14. First off select the correct time zone to which you are working in. This is important for time zoning, daylight savings and time in general.
15. Then select the date and time if the clock is incorrect. Make sure the time is as correct as possible as some program can get confused if its to far off.
 

16. The new Workgroup feature in Windows 7 looks at your location as a security measure. You must read the text carefully and make a decisions. Choose between working at Home, being at work (larger scale network) or being in an open public space

  • If you are at home and are using a single secured network connection the choose - Home
  • If you are in a corporate environment and sharing a connection that is most likely secured and shared by others, then click Work Environment. This unlocks your PC more to allow for sharing.
  • If you are going to be using a public unsecured internet connection you must select Public network. This will tighten your PC and stop external access from other users on that network.


Windows 7 will ask this same question each time your Pc finds a new connection so there will be chance to select a new network over time.

17. Next Windows will try and connect to the network if you are connected to one. If not then it will skip this step.

 

You system should now be fully operational - if there are further questions read through them carefully. If you have problems post in the forum for help.


Edited by rev_ollie, 24 May 2013 - 11:56 AM.

  • 0

#7 rev_ollie

rev_ollie

    Super Moderator

  • Moderators
  • 786 posts
  • LocationLondon

Posted 20 December 2009 - 05:08 PM

Windows 7 Repair
 
Some times annoying little things will go wrong with your operating system that leaves you with no option but to reinstall your operating system. However you may also not have backed up your software pictures etc.

This is were a repair install comes in handy.

What you'll need:
1. A Windows 7 compatible machine

2. A Windows 7 installation CD with a valid Product Key. This is imperative. Without this you will be stuck with a minimal version of Windows and then after 30 days even this will be inaccessible.

3. The Cd's and serial numbers of all the software you need to install on your fresh machine.

4. Hardware driver discs (or active Internet connection)

Now if you have a backup then we will begin. This process is carried out using a Microsoft 7 installation DVD. If you have a recovery DVD that came with your system you will have no choice but to completely reinstall your entire operating system.
 

1. I am starting this guide presuming you have a full booting disk. If you are having problems please ask on the forums.

Once you enter your disk you will see a screen similar to the one below. Press any key to start the install process.

1.jpg

2. It will now start the setup.

2.jpg

3. Now choose the Language to install, Time and currency format, and Keyboard / input method you want to use

4.jpg

4. Now the standard install screen will load. however this time you are going to select Repair your computer

5.jpg

5. The PC will now load all of your appropriate options to which you can use.

6.jpg

6. The PC will now ask you to select your operating system install. Select from the list the install you want to repair then select Next.

7.jpg

7. This will give you a menu for the systems tools you can run. We are going to run a start up repair so click Startup Repair

8.jpg

 

8. Allow the repair to take place. It will most probably restart several times over, this is normal



9.jpg

9. To finish the repair click Finish


The start up repair may or may not be successful. If it isn't the tool my run again automatically if Windows deems it fit.

Otherwise you will either need to select System restore or follow the guide above for a full Windows install.


Edited by rev_ollie, 24 May 2013 - 11:38 AM.

  • 0

#8 rev_ollie

rev_ollie

    Super Moderator

  • Moderators
  • 786 posts
  • LocationLondon

Posted 20 December 2009 - 05:11 PM

This portion of the guide will look at backing up certain programs settings to use after reformatting.

Backing up FireFox Favorites:


Firefox saves a user's personal information in a unique profile. This means it is very easy to backup and re use.
  • To backup:
  • Press you Windows key and R
  • In the run box that opens type in %APPDATA%
  • Click OK

    This will then open your C:\Documents and Settings\<user name>\Application Data folder in Windows 2000 and XP.

    However in Windows Vista this will open you C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Roaming folder
  • Then from the open folder carry through to \Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\
  • Then click on your profile name which will be something like tnnlhagv.default
  • There you will see a simple file called Bookmarks

    Also you could do this within firefox by:
  • Open FireFox
  • Open the Bookmarks Tab
  • Click Manage Bookmarks
  • Within the Bookmarks window click File -> Export
  • Then choose a place to save the file.

    Recovering favorites in recent versions of Firefox
  • Open Mozilla Firefox.
  • Click Bookmarks and then "Organize Bookmarks".
  • Click "Import and Backup".
  • If the file is a JSON file click "Restore" and choose file. If the file is a .HTM/.HTML file or other browser file click "Import HTML" and follow the import wizzard.

    Backing up Internet Explorer Favorites:


    Internet Explorer 5.0 and above users backing up favorites.
  • Within Internet Explorer, click the File menu and "Import and Export...".
  • Within the Import and Export window click Next.
  • Click "Export Favorites" and click Next.
  • Select the folder wish to backup; if you wish to backup all favorites, leave the Favorites folder highlighted and click Next.
  • Select the destination you wish to save the favorites and click Next.
  • Click Finish.

    Internet Explorer 5.0 and above recovering backup files from an Internet Explorer or Netscape backup.
  • Within Internet Explorer, click the File menu and "Import and Export...".
  • Within the Import and Export window click Next.
  • Click "Import Favorites" and click Next.
  • Select the location that contains your favorites and click Next.
  • Select where you with to save your favorites and click Next.
  • Click Finish.

    Backing up Netscape Favorites:


    Netscape Communicator / Netscape 7.0 and above users backing up bookmarks
  • Within Netscape, click Bookmarks and "Manage Bookmarks..." or CTRL+B.
  • Within the Bookmark manager click Tools and Export
  • Select where you wish to export the file and click ok.

    Netscape Communicator / Netscape 7.0 and above users recovering backup files from Netscape backup or Internet Explorer.
  • Within Netscape, click Bookmarks and "Manage Bookmarks..." or CTRL+B.
  • Within the Bookmark manager click Tools and Import
  • Select the file you wish to Import and click Open.

    Backing up Opera Favorites:


    Note: By default, Opera will save your bookmarks as Opera6.adr. If your version of Opera is not 6, this filename may change.

    Opera users backing up your bookmarks
  • Within Opera, click the File menu and Export.
  • Select the destination to where you wish to save the backup of your favorites to and click Save.

    Opera users recovering a backup of your bookmarks.
  • Within Opera, click the File menu and Import.
  • Select "Opera bookmarks
  • Select the file or folder you wish to recover.
  • Click Ok.

    Main Windows Backup:


    This is a very simple step.
  • Go to Start -> Control panel ->
  • Click the Backup and restore icon[
  • Select Backup

    This will now look for backup devices. If none are found you can manually select where to backup to.

    Outlook Express Backup:


    These steps will backup all the major data from Outlook. They are from Microsoft and so maybe longer than required, but work, so whos to complain.

    Copy message files to a backup folder

    Locate the Store folder

  • Start Outlook Express.
  • Click Tools, and then click Options.
  • On the Maintenance tab, click Store Folder.
  • In the Store Location dialog box, copy the store location. To do this, follow these steps:
  • Put the mouse pointer at one end of the box under the Your personal message store is located in the following folder box.
  • Press and hold the left mouse button, and then drag the mouse pointer across the Your personal message store is located in the following folder box.
  • Press CTRL+C to copy the location.
  • Click Cancel, and then click Cancel again to close the dialog box.

    Copy the contents of the Store folder

  • Click Start, click Run, press CTRL+V, and then click OK.[]
  • On the Edit menu, click Select All.
  • On the Edit menu, click Copy, and then close the window.

    Create a backup folder

  • Right-click any empty area on your desktop, click New, and then click Folder.
  • Type Mail Backup for the folder name, and then press ENTER.
  • Paste the contents of the Store folder into the backup folder
  • Double-click the Mail Backup folder to open it.
  • Right-click inside the Mail Backup folder window, and then click Paste.

    To export the Address Book to a .csv file, follow these steps:

  • On the File menu, click Export, and then click Address Book.
  • Click Text File (Comma Separated Values), and then click Export.
  • Click Browse.
  • Select the Mail Backup folder that you created.
  • In the File Name box, type address book backup, and then click Save.
  • Click Next.
  • Click to select the check boxes for the fields that you want to export, and then click Finish.
  • Click OK, and then click Close.

    Export the mail account to a file

  • On the Tools menu, click Accounts.
  • On the Mail tab, click the mail account that you want to export, and then click Export.
  • In the Save In box, select the Mail Backup folder, and then click Save.
  • Repeat these steps for each mail account that you want to export.
  • Click Close.

    Export the newsgroup account to a file

  • On the Tools menu, click Accounts.
  • On the News tab, click the news account that you want to export, and then click Export.
  • In the Save In box, select the Mail Backup folder, and then click Save.
  • Repeat these steps for each news account that you want to export.
  • Click Close.

    To restore the items:


    Import messages from the backup folder

  • On the File menu, point to Import, and then click Messages.
  • In the Select an e-mail program to import from box, click Microsoft Outlook Express 5 or Microsoft Outlook Express 6, and then click Next.
  • Click Import mail from an OE5 store directory or Import mail from an OE6 store directory, and then click OK.
  • Click Browse, and then click the Mail Backup folder.
  • Click OK, and then click Next.
  • Click All folders, click Next, and then click Finish.

    Import the Address Book file

  • On the File menu, click Import, and then click Other Address Book.
  • Click Text File (Comma Separated Values), and then click Import.
  • Click Browse.
  • Select the Mail Backup folder, click the address book backup.csv file, and then click Open.
  • Click Next, and then click Finish.
  • Click OK, and then click Close.

    Import the mail account file

  • On the Tools menu, click Accounts.
  • On the Mail tab, click Import.
  • In the Look In box, select the Mail Backup folder.
  • Click the mail account that you want to import, and then click Open.
  • Repeat these steps for each mail account that you want to import.
  • Click Close.

    Import the newsgroup account file

  • On the Tools menu, click Accounts.
  • On the News tab, click Import.
  • In the Look In box, select the Mail Backup folder.
  • Click the news account that you want to import, and then click Open.
  • Repeat these steps for each news account that you want to import.
  • Click Close.

    Windows Live Mail:

  • Create a folder were you are going to backup your files and call it what you want, Windows Live backups, something like that

    Backup Email and News Accounts:

  • Click Tools Accounts
  • Then select an account
  • Then click Export
  • Use the Browse or Browse folders option to navigate to the Mail folder(created above)
  • Export each email account account to the Mail folder, repeating the process for each email account
  • Export each newsgroup account to the News folder, repeating the process for each newsgroup account[
  • Each account exported will be saved using the Email or News account name with a filename extension of *.iaf

    Backup Messages:

  • Just like above creat a blank folder
  • Click File Export Messages Windows Live Mail
  • Click Browse to navigate to Msgs folder, click OK, click Next
  • Choose one of two options(All Folders or Selected folder) - if 'Selected' use the Control key for multiple selections, then click next to start the Export. Do not interrupt the export process. Once through Click Finish

>This post has been promoted to an article
  • 0

#9 rev_ollie

rev_ollie

    Super Moderator

  • Moderators
  • 786 posts
  • LocationLondon

Posted 24 May 2013 - 11:18 AM

Windows 8 Install
 
The following section of the guide will show you how to perform a fresh install of Windows 8. Again another easy process especially if its something you have done before - so lets get cracking!
 
Before the install remember that any fresh install will wipe any previous information on your drive if you choose of overwrite it. Just incase make sure to backup anything on the drive - especially if you are looking to duel boot - just incase. We are stating from the first install screen. Before this make sure your disk is in the machine and set your disk drive as your first boot device to allow it to load from the disk.
 
 1.png
 
1. This is the first screen you should see. Set your desired language settings here. Remember these will effect the setup of your keyboard so if you are in the UK for example make sure Time and Currency format and Keyboard options are set to the UK.
 
2.png
 
2 - Simple Right? Just click Install. If you are repairing your previous install then click Repair in the lower left hand corner and go from there
 
3.png
 
3. Enter your product key. Just enter the numbers and the installer will take care of dashes
 
 4.png
 
4. Have a read through the terms - or if your like 99.99% of people just tick Accept and click Next
 
5.png
 
5. You need to carefully select this option. If you want to do a fresh install and you have an OEM (full install) disk you need to select Custom.
If you have an upgrade disk you need to click Upgrade. This should keep your previous files and setup. I ususal go for a Custom install if I can as there is no better feeling than a fresh Windows install
 
6.png
 
6. This screen wants to know what you want to do with your hard drive. I'm doing a clean install here and so I have a clean, unformatted disk. If you already have an install you will see a number of "Partitions". This is just hard drive space that has been split into logical segments to store data.

  1. For a fresh install click New
  2. For a fresh install when you have a previous install click each partition and click Format <- THIS WILL DELETE ANY AND ALL DATA ON THE PARTITION
  3. To add a new partition to an existing disk - click Extend/New and then enter a good size for the partition. Please ask for help with this if you are unsure.

 
7.png
 
8. So im carrying out a new install - so I clicked New. I have antered the maximum parition size possible as shown in the size box above.
 
9.png
 
9. Now I have 2 Partitions. You can see they are both on the same harddrive (Drive 0) but split into 2 segments. Windows does this automatically and you have no controll over this. It creates a second space to store install info and other backup files. No need to format - just click Next and it will take care of the rest
 
10.png
 
10. Windows will no do it's thing. Just sit and wait...
 
12.png
 
11. Here is your first glimpse of Windows 8. Set the colour you want your screens etc to be, while also naming your PC
 
13.png
 
12. Another choice for you here. You can either let Windows take care of the rest or do it yourself. If you are a beginner then click Use Express Settings and continue on. If you click Customize you will configure the following in the previous screens:


  • Windows Error Reporting
  • Internet Explorer compatibility settings
  • Account information sharing - allowing them to use your picture and name
  • Enabling location settings
  • Network settings
  • Windows updates
  • Automatic device drivers

So these are settings that are normally good to have enabled by default. The settings you may want to change is Windows reporting - by clicking express settings you will allow microsoft to gather information on apps, URLs used, location data and Help experience. Choose Customize to disable these.
 
18.png
 
18. Sign into your PC - Here you have the option to link your Microsoft account to your PC. If you do all contacts and cloud stored data eg Microsoft SkyDrive. Enter your email address and click Next.
 
For the traditional account click Dont want to sign in. After clicking Next you will need to enter the traditional usernames and passwords. I preffered this as all my personal data was linked and highly available if I used my email...which is good but pretty annoying at times.
 
 
21.png 
 
19. From here Windows 8 will once again do it's thing. After this you will be signed in and ready to go!
 
Some of the images above may be missing - but its very straight forward. If you get lost or have problems please ask in the Windows forum and we will help you out!


  • 0