Windows: 10 things to do before, during, and after reinstallation

There are some very good reasons why you might want to reinstall Microsoft Windows. Whether it is 2000, XP, or Vista, the registry can become corrupted or it can accumulate settings for programs long-since forgotten, leading to sluggish performance. Or you can find yourself with a stubborn Trojan Horse. The only way to be 100 […]

There are some very good reasons why you might want to reinstall Microsoft Windows. Whether it is 2000, XP, or Vista, the registry can become corrupted or it can accumulate settings for programs long-since forgotten, leading to sluggish performance. Or you can find yourself with a stubborn Trojan Horse. The only way to be 100 percent sure that you have rid yourself of some particularly nasty viruses is to reload Windows.

When you run the Windows Vista set-up program, you will see a window with two options: Update and Custom (Advanced). The Update option is not available when reinstalling Windows Vista. Under the Custom option, you will be doing what is known as a Clean Install. Follow these 10 steps and you will, hopefully, not find yourself having to scramble for files or information that you need after the reinstall.

  1. Document your login IDs, passwords, and settings.
  2. Export your e-mail and address book, bookmarks/favorites, and cookies.
  3. Download the latest applications and drivers.
  4. Housecleaning and backing up your data.
  5. Service packs
  6. Load Windows.
  7. Reconfigure personal settings.
  8. Enable previous versions and create a “clean install” restore point.
  9. Configure network, install service packs, patches, and security updates.
  10. Reload your drivers and apps.

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