Has your PC slowed down to a crawl lately? I know mine has and with previous versions of Windows I usually just backed up my files and then did a clean install. So recently I did the same on my Windows 7 box and it’s flying like new again. It just took the time to do it and to reinstall all my programs again. The following article is going to step you through the process of reinstalling Windows 7.
When Is It Time To Reinstall Windows?
With time, a person’s PC will start getting clogged up with programs and files which you no longer use or need. Removing applications that you do not work with any more can help to give back hard drive space, but there are unavoidably bits and pieces of data that get left behind. Sometimes programs and updates do not install effectively. Sometimes malicious software infects your computer where it can be tough to properly eliminate. Reinstalling Windows will resolve every one of these issues and get your PC running like new again. As a general principle, it isn’t a bad idea to reinstall Windows 7 once yearly on a well-used computer system.
Result In The Proper Formulations
Correctly re-installing your operating-system means completely wiping your PC. Obviously, what this means is losing all the data you have accumulated over the time you had it. Before beginning, take a complete look at your hard drive for files you want to keep, and then take a second look. Then take a 3rd look just to be sure. Consider items like music, video, documents, downloads, web bookmarks and saved games. It’s highly likely that you will see more things worth keeping than simply what’s inside your “My Documents” folder.
When you’re prepared to backup your files, copy these files a secure location on the separate disk. In order to save time, it’s wise to utilize a secondary hard disk drive or partition instead of investing hrs copying a large number of gb of information to DVD disks or Compact discs. Should you choose to use second hard disk, you might want to disconnect it when you’re done, so you do not accidentally wipe it when reinstalling Windows.
Creating a Personalized Installation DVD
Creating a personalized Windows Vista/7 installation DVD can help to save some time and result in a faster process when you perform a reinstall. This requires that you download the latest service packs and updates right and add them to the install process. This method is also called slipstreaming. You will find a good guide on slipstreaming here. All you need to get started is the original Windows 7 install DVD and a DVD burner. Whenever you burn the DVD, make sure to use a newer DVD burning software and top quality media to burn the disk in the slowest speed.
When you’re ready and you’re confident you have made a backup of everything you want to salvage, restart your pc and boot up from your Windows DVD. The installation process is fairly self-explanatory, just follow the on screen instructions.
Throughout the install process, the PC will restart on several occasions. Finally, you’ll be requested to specify your password for the user account (optional) when Windows begins the very first time. Windows will spend a couple of minutes testing your PC and obtain the latest drivers and updates if you are connected to the Internet. The whole installation should take around thirty to forty minutes.
Probably the most time-consuming part is setting up all your programs and copying over your individual files. It may be beneficial to get this done all-in-one hit, however. But once you tackle this part of the project you will notice a considerable amount of speed that you used to have when the PC was new.