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
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.
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
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