A reinstall is the process of installing something (such as a piece of software, hardware or a peripheral) again.

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Can I activate a different version of Windows using an OEM key?

I wanted to reinstall Windows on my laptop, which came with Windows 8.1 Pro. I accidentally reinstalled it using a non-Pro install medium. Now Windows won't activate with the key from my initial ...
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I want to know whether Windows 7 can be installed on DELL INspiron 1525 currently pre-installed with Windows Vista 32 bit

HDD: 250 GB ,. RAM 3 GB Chip is : Core 2 Duo T7250 DELL INspiron 1525 currently pre-installed with Windows Vista 32 bit I face difficulties in internet browsing with Vista Windows that 's why I need ...
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How to view local drive properties

I was using windows 8.1, suddenly something happens and some files goes corrupt ( may due to some virus). And now can't start my pc. I know I can repair the files using windows DVD, but due to virus ...
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“Automate” a clean install of a random personal Windows computer? [closed]

I'm the guy who is always tasked with reinstalling Windows on random personal PCs with different hardware. I'm referring to friends, family, personal PCs and not organized corporate PCs. I did not ...
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Reinstall ubuntu without losing data

Hello I ran into some configuration issues on my ubuntu 14.04 because of this I am not able to connect to Internet from any means. So I want to re install the os. I currently have 14.04 and I want to ...
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How to re-image windows on a a machine with single drive/hard

I'd like to purchase a Lenovo W541 laptop, but I have an issue with the way Lenovo changed their way of having HDD. On my current laptop I have two partitions/HDD, one for system files and one for ...
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Visual Studio across two drives, one drive failed

Recently my D: drive hard disk failed, Visual Studio 2013 update 4 was installed there, but of course VS also took 10+ GB off the C drive where the OS (Windows 8.1) is for its installation, basically ...
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Disable 28-day autodelete of Windows.old

I recently reinstalled Windows, it placed all the old stuff in a Windows.old folder. I heard this deletes itself 28 days after installation. Is there a way to stop this? I already renamed the folder ...
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“Migration Assistant” for windows?

I'd like to migrate system settings and installation installed software all personal data users from an old windows 8.1 box to a new one. Basically replicate the awesome Mac OS migration ...
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How to figure out what Windows for Bing version I have and how to reinstall it?

I bought one month ago Lenovo G505, because I needed to have cheap notebook when I'm far from home. This was my biggest mistake ever. The problem is original OS is almost unusable for me - it boots ...
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The place to store user data in Linux

Where to store the user data, such as documents, photos, music, videos, ebooks etc. in Linux? The main idea is to be able to reinstall & reformat the system drives in Linux without the fear of ...
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Reinstalling Windows without losing data

I'm having a trouble with my audio so I asked my notebook support for help and they said it's possible for me to reinstall Windows; but I don't want to lose my data. Is it possible for me to ...
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Is it possible to re-install an operating system over an encrypted system?

Scenario: I buy old PC/laptops, fix it and then resell them. I recently got a laptop at an auction with the whole system password encrypted McAfee Endpoint Encryption. Windows does not even load. I ...
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Macbook booting itself in to OS X Utilities

Macbook (OS Mavericks) would not boot up last night, screen would go white, I'd see the apple logo and a loading bar which didnt move, then it would shut itself down after a few minutes. I tried using ...
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How to keep cloud storage synced when changing an operating system?

I have a folder with symlinks synced to a cloud storage and I'm switching a linux distro. Is there a way to keep my data, which is on a separate /home partition that will not be formatted, synced on ...
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Installing Windows 7, But don't know wifi driver [duplicate]

I'm looking to reinstall Windows 7, because I have a older computer which will run Ubuntu instead of this one. However, when reinstalling I haven't got wifi, because I need the adapter/driver. so I've ...
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Which part of the registry to save/restore over Windows re-install

Windows has become flaky again and it's time to reinstall. On C:, which the re-install with format, I have only Windows and a few programs, such as Google Chrome browser, which don't think I can be ...
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Find Serial Number of Gateway Without Case

Our Gateway PC crashed, and necessitated a re-install of Windows 7. We did not have an OEM version of Windows 7 lying around, so I grabbed an old (genuine) copy, and installed that. Evidently, the ...
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make reinstall cd from lenovo partition before updating to windows 10 tp

I'm going to update my lenovo G510(with i7 processor and windows 8.1) to windows 10 tp. When I update to windows 10 tp will it be possible to restore back to windows 8.1? I mean the laptop were ...
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Reloading applications from a crashed drive

A friend called today in a state of panic. He had taken his old Windows 7 laptop into Frys and asked them to clone his old drive onto his new SSD drive. They reported to him (I have not seen this ...
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Reinstall Windows without key, unable to boot into the old install

I have tried everything, but I just can't boot into my Windows 7 install. Repairing and all of that didn't work. I don't have a Windows CD, but I downloaded the ISO image and burned it onto an USB ...
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Can I Multiboot Without Having to Wipe My Drive and Reinstall All of My Programs

I want to multiboot my PC with Windows 8.1, Yosemite, and Linux Mint, but I already have Windows 8.1 on my hard drive and lots of programs and files on it. To multiboot, do I have to wipe my hard ...
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Reinstall Linux by keeping user accounts

I am going to upgrade Linux Mint 13 to Linux Mint 17.1 on a home computer. I am going to do a fresh upgrade. There are three partitions for swap, / and /home. I will preserve swap and /home. The ...
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Is there a way to activate Windows 7 when it's saying my license code is already in use?

I purchased an Acer Notebook about 3 years ago. It had a bunch of bloatware, and in general it was starting to slow down. I decided to try to reinstall the OS. I went on the Internet and got a copy of ...
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No hard drive to shows up when setting up MacBook for Mac OS X install

Trying to reinstall Mac OS X, ran “Disk Utility” from the install disk, hard drive is good, but no hard drive shows up to select to install on. Before this, the MacBook woke up from sleep with a ...
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Reinstall Windows 7 after using DBAN?

I'm preparing to sell a computer. It came with Windows 7 (no install disks). I want to wipe all my data in the most secure way possible, (not just remove links, but overwrite the drive). My goal is ...
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How can I tell if a copy of MS office is PKC or FPP?

I have a slew of MS office versions and key types that range from 2007, 2010 to 2013. I have a computer that has a failing hard drive and recovery is impossible, but I can see the MS Office key. The ...
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How do I reinstall Windows 8.1 with Bing to an SSD drive?

I've got a new PC which shipped with "Windows 8.1 with Bing". No installation media was supplied but there are a couple of recovery partitions. There's no F2/F12 etc. boot options during start up. ...
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How to reinstall Windows 8 after it has been deleted? [duplicate]

I have a laptop on which a Ubuntu 14.04 installation removed my complete Windows 8 installation. How can I install Windows again? I do not have any CDs or DVDs for Windows.
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Cannot reinstall Lion on old iMac because “this item is temporarily unavailable”

I need to reinstall the OS on my iMac. The original restore disk was deleted, so the restore system thingy was downloaded from Apple. I tried to do reinstall OSX, but it appears Lion is no longer on ...
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PC starts to be noisy some time after Ubuntu is installed

I used to have this problem: http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/174161/when-i-boot-linux-it-asks-for-password-pretends-to-proceed-but-then-returns-t. Before it arose, my PC was beeing noisy for a ...
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Windows 7 activation failed, legal product key was used (HP 840 G1 laptop / clean install)

Problem Valid product key is not accepted after clean reinstall. What could be the reason of that and how to pass activation process ? Goal install & activate "clean" windows 7 professional ...
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How do I restore my Surface 3 after installing Windows 10 Tech Preview

Before installing the Windows 10 Tech Preview, I created a recovery media on an USB stick, so that I could completely reset my Surface 3 and repave it with Windows 8.1, should I need to. After the ...
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Is there any way to reinstall windows 7 while keeping my programs there?

Ok, I know this has been asked many times, however all the answers I've seen (even in my Google searches) all need the user to be able to boot onto windows. My current windows installation is ...
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Finding an .iso or other method of reinstalling windows 8/8.1

I have a desktop PC I built and run windows 8.1 on. I've migrated the OS to new hard drives twice and changed the motherboard and various other hardware but in the process it has developed lots of ...
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After a reinstall, how do I force Windows to reconnect User and ProgramData folders that have been moved to another drive?

I moved a friend's User folder to drive D: using the 'mklink in recovery mode' method a while ago, which worked fine. I then used Windows Backup to back everything up, and reinstalled Windows 7, ...
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How to reinstall osx with a windows keyboard

I read that the hotkey to use for reinstalling osx is cmd + r but I have a windows keyboard plugged in and I am wondering what I can do to reinstall osx with this keyboard?
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Is it possible to reinstall and activate Win 8 for other account?

This might be a stupid question but I couldn't find answer anywhere and I want to be sure before I do something irreversible. I'm selling my computer with Windows 8 which I have bought and activated. ...
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how does a program recognize the computer?

a pretty fundamental question, but I couldn't find the answer anywhere on the internet.. Basically, by what means does software recognize hardware? Good example of this are trial programs. Once the ...
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Reinstalling Ubuntu on a partitioned hard drive

I had Win7 installed on my laptop, then created a partition and installed Ubuntu on it so I can dual boot. However, being pretty new to Ubuntu I have messed around too much and would simply like to ...
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Unable to reinstall MSE or Forefront Protection on Windows 7 x86_64

One of the administrators in our company has recently had a trojan (Upatre.A), they managed to detect this with Microsoft Security Essentials and it told us it was removed. She continued to report her ...
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Windows 2008 licensing - reinstall in VirtualBox

When I install Windows 2008 server in Oracle's VirtualBox, and I need to re-install either or both, is there going to be a problem re-activating the Windows server? Must the VirtualBox version be the ...
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Reinstalling linux without Re-Encrypting

I kinda crashed my system today by apt-get removing sensitive libraries with dependencies (for example pre-installed gnome-core and iceweasel were removed too)... I could successfully restore most of ...
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Whats the process for erasing disk, reinstalling Mac OS and restoring data and apps

I was told by the Apple genius bar that my OS was messed up and is slowing down my macbook. I was told to erase the disk, reinstall the OS and restore the apps and data from my Time Machine. I'm ...
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Win7/8 Boot flash drive which can reinstall old HDD system image to new SSD

I have a laptop that I simply want to re-image to a NEW SSD as-is, (instead of having to re-install Win7 & all my programs); so I created a system-image of the HDD from within Win7, to an external ...
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Missing Linux fonts

Somehow I seem to have lost my system fonts, on Ubuntu 12.10 (I HAVE to use it) - while building some other development tools. (among them, libfontconfig and libfreetype because I was building Qt ...
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Uninstalled programs history on Windows 8 [duplicate]

So I recently deleted a couple of programs which I believe that is causing some trouble to download some Microsoft programs. So I was wondering, is there any way to see a list of programs I ...
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Wifi adapter vanished after Win7 reinstall

I'm really desperate and need you! I had a fine Win7(x64) installation just some hours ago, but the system was so slow that I thought I would do a clean install. Now, a couple hours and many ...
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How do I force a firmware installation on an HP printer?

How do I force a firmware installation on an HP Photosmart 2710? It's crashing a lot and USB isn't working (but I can network into it), is there a command through it's browser interface or a trick to ...
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How to migrate standalone drives to Windows Storage Spaces?

Background: My current Windows 8.1 desktop features two drives: a mid-sized SSD boot drive and a large hard drive with the Users directory on it, set there in audit mode after the initial OS install. ...