I'd like to completely wipe my late 2010-era Macbook Air and do a fresh reinstall of OS X and all the applications I use. What steps should I take to make sure I retain everything I want? [more inside]
Questions are acquiring a legitimate copy of Windows OS and installing it on a family's computer. [more inside]
I got a new ASUS laptop with Windows 8.1. I've removed some of the obvious bloatware, but I'm still getting minor hiccups in games, so I want to wipe everything and reinstall (I don't have the CD). I'm considering using the "Remove everything and reinstall Windows" feature under the "Update and Recovery" settings. According to the official website, "Only apps that came with your PC will be reinstalled." Before I waste several hours, will this actually remove the bloatware?
I have a Samsung NC20 laptop that I bought 4 or 5 years ago. It runs Windows XP and has some sort of malware, IRP Hook, that AVG has found but cannot remove. In addition, it runs significantly slower than I would like, and cannot play most videos at all--the sound plays fine, but the image just staggers and jumps. [more inside]
I'm having a problem with my fairly new laptop where it seems to be using more Internet bandwidth than it should. In Safe Mode with networking, it works fine. I'm considering reinstalling Windows but wondering if that's the best option and if so, how to go about it. [more inside]
I reinstalled Windows 7 and now I can't get at many of my old files. [more inside]
Computer froze up, only letting me access the recovery manager. Burned 6 recovery disks, then reset to original factory settings. Reinstalled the recovery disks, the program said it was successful, but the files are nowhere to be found. What next? [more inside]
I need to do a complete reinstall of OS X on my iMac, and I'm looking for advice on how to back up to make sure that I don't accidentally lose anything in the reinstall process. I'm running Lion 10.7.4, and I have an external drive doing Time Machine backups. What should I check before going back to square one? And do I need to do anything special with apps that required online activation (I'm thinking specifically of Microsoft Office or Adobe Creative Suite)?
Stupid computer-help question: Why is it so hard to reinstall Windows Vista 32 on a Dell Latitude D630? [more inside]
My Mac (OS 10.6.8) is behaving wonkily, and I need to reinstall the system software. I'm wondering if there are any tricks for helping me reconfiguring my various prefs after the reinstall. [more inside]
I had to wipe my HDD & reinstall Windows. Will iTunes sync my iPhone 4 correctly, or decide to wipe its contents? It's synced to the cloud, and yet I am worried... [more inside]
How do you do a clean install of Windows without the CD/DVD? [more inside]
I recently had to reinstall Windows (XP) on my PC to kill some malware. Subsequently, I reinstalled Sony Vegas Movie Studio 9, which I've been using for the last couple of years on this machine. Today I went to open one of my video edits for the first time... but Vegas chokes on it. Can you help me figure out why? Error log after the jump. [more inside]
I'm reformatting my system and installing Windows 7 my computer this weekend, and I'd like tips, tricks, best practices and the like for setting up a new system. It's been a while since I've "refreshed" a system, and I feel rusty. And my RAM might be failing/faulty. More details inside. [more inside]
Can I create an install file from an installed program? Windows. [more inside]
Linux filter: I'm backing up my Home folder and preparing to upgrade to the latest Ubuntu flavor, 10.10. Presently running 10.04. I want to keep my settings for apps and reinstall my extra PPAs. Do I simply copy my old Home folder back in or do I have to do something special so I don't destroy the new install? [more inside]
My Windows 7 reinstall has saved all my XP files, which I really didn't want it to do. Can I delete them all without having to install the whole darn thing again? [more inside]
Question about re-installing OSX and copying files over from a backup—but without using Migration Assistant. [more inside]
My Dell M65 laptop has been thoroughly rinsed by a virus infection. I've tried everything I can, but I think I'm going to have to bite the bullet and completely reinstall windows. The laptop does have a restore partition, so I'm planning to use that. What do I need to think/do in order to get back up and running as quickly as possible? [more inside]
I'm about to buy a Sony Vaio for my sister. However, I hate bloatware and want to start her off with a fresh clean install. How do I do it? [more inside]
Help me save time and frustration reinstalling my programs/settings after a fresh Windows install / upgrade / etc. [more inside]
My computer is having a hardware issue when booting... I think. [more inside]
WTF? I thought I knew what I was doing! I reinstalled WinXP on C:\ and it screwed up all my drive letters and made a secondary partition into a system partition. Help me get it back to normal! [more inside]
Please help get my old iBook to be as fast as possible! [more inside]
My friend's only Admin account on Windows has been ripped to shreds by a virus, an uninstaller program, or both; his CD drawer won't open or shut manually at all; and his BIOS settings, which are protected by a password we don't know, are to boot from a CD in the drive before anything else. Help me to not destroy his computer with an axe. [more inside]
How do I copy browser histories & saved passwords from one machine to another on XP? [more inside]
I need to swab my old laptop as completely as possible before I sell it... the only problem is, I don't have a restore or new operating system disc. Please help! [more inside]
Is it possible to reinstall Windows XP on a small partition (~20 GB) of a single 300 GB hard drive? [more inside]
My Dell XPS M1710 required a complete windows re-install (XP SP2 Media Centre). All went swimmingly (if not labouriously) until I went to re-install other programs. My 110Gb hard disk now only has 2 Gb free. Where are the the other 95Gb and how do I get access to it? [more inside]
I have some novice questions about a re-install with dual booting in Windows XP. More inside.... [more inside]
I'm thinking of nuking my hard drive and reinstalling Windows XP. This means iTunes, which sits on my C Drive, will obviously be wiped and reinstalled. If I do this, will I lose all the star ratings and other individual settings I have for my mp3s (which are stored on another partition that I won't be wiping)? If so, is there some file in the iTunes directory or somwhere else that I could back up and add to my new iTunes installation so I don't have to individually rate every mp3 I have all over again?
Boostrap windows XP setup on a computer that cd-rom is not working on? [more inside]
I bought a new HP laptop. Vista is installed, I am going to install XP. If I want to reinstall Vista later on, after an SP or two, how can I reinstall w/ my legal copy's credentials? [more inside]
Help me find a driver backup application that can be scripted to run without prompting... [more inside]
I'm trying to move MS Office Pro. 2003 to a new computer, but I'm having trouble. I've lost the certificate and CD, but can extract the product key... [more inside]
My many Windows errors are starting to grate on my nerves. I'd like to do a reinstall - but the recovery cd that came with my Toshiba laptop refuses to play nice (probably due to SP2 or the new motherboard). How do I reinstall an OEM version of Windows XP, without losing my key? Is it even possible to reinstall an OEM XP setup? Where do I even get an OEM version to reinstall from? Aargh!!!! More inside. [more inside]
Password emergency / mystery. I'm a new Filemaker user and I've somehow set a password that's keeping me from accessing the file I just put two days of work (and some not easily replaceable data) into. [more inside]
Had to reinstall XP Home. How do I get all my old settings back? [more inside]
Main hard drive is about to die...New hard drive ready... Is there some way to copy drivers for video card, sound card, printer, etc, from the current OS hard drive to my external hard drive and then put them on my new hard drive with the newly installed windows? [more inside]
My mom's computer won't re-install an older version of Windows XP. This is actually a timely, pressing problem. [more inside]
I've got a MacBook Pro that currently has Max OS X 10.4.7 installed on a single partition (no boot camp). I'd like to wipe the hard drive clean and reinstall OSX 10.4 from scratch, but I'm running into some issues. [more inside]
Is it possible to format my computer if I lost the format/backup disc that came with it along with cd drivers?
Is it possible to format my computer if I lost the format/backup disc that came with it along with cd drivers? [more inside]
I inherited a NeXT machine. How can I start from scratch on it? [more inside]
I'm getting the blue screen of death right after reinstalling windows XP and the drivers [more inside]
My computer, a 2 year old Dell Dimension 4600, is pretty sick... and in a general state of decline. [more inside]
After using software update to get to OSX 10.4.4 and uninstalling some older helper apps and reinstalling one other app, I know have "glitches" all over every edge on my screen, and a 128 pix grey box follows my cursor around. Pic inside [more inside]
I have a P-3 Dell desktop with Win98 that is a few years old and has been buggy of late, even with all the virus and adware scans I can do on it. I also have a laptop with XP and the XP install disks (I have reinstalled XP on this one). I feel like it's time to start fresh with the desktop, so my question is two-pronged: 1. Would it be easier to just buy a new hard drive (since a 20 gig one is relatively cheap) than to reformat the existing one and reinstall everything? 2. Would you reinstall Win98 or go with XP (assuming that it WOULD install on this box and I don't know any reason why it would not)?
After a few hours of Google researching over the weekend, I could not find a simple, understandable guide for formatting my hard drive and re-installing Windows XP. I'm more interested in the actual process and less interested in being reminded to "backup everything." Does anyone know where I can find such a resource?
I have kind of a n00b question here...I want to format my hd and reinstall everything. How do I save my autofill userids and passwords? I find it a pain when I reinstall IE (or now Firefox) and have to start all those logins from scratch.
Forced to reinstall my server, so I'm also optimizing it. Any suggestions on which Linux build I'd be best off using? Some specific issues inside. [more inside]
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