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

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What's the best way to completely remove everything from a computer, without re-installing?

I have a friend who wants to sell their computer, but obviously all personal information and software that it is on it needs to be removed before doing so. Usually I would format and reinstall it, ...
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How do I download tunes from an iPod back onto iTunes? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Transferring Music from iPod to iTunes? How do I restore libraries in iTunes using files on my iPod Touch? I recently lost all my data on my HD and backup (!!!) ...
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Reinstall Windows 7 from Recovery Partition on a Dell Studio 1555 laptop

Dell includes a recovery partition with all their laptops, apparently, and I need to use mine. The problem is I repartitioned the laptops hard drive originally. I found this link, ...
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Installing Windows 7 manually with new laptops

I've purchased a few laptops that only come with Restore partitions. I can buy restore media (which I can create myself), but they will not provide an actual Windows 7 DVD. The brands are Lenovo, ...
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Windows activation with planned reinstall

My laptop's hard drive is dying. It still works (boots Windows 7, run some programs), but it is obviously damaged. I am buying a new one to replace it. I have a legal and activated copy of Windows 7 ...
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MacBook Pro 3,1 Snow Leopard Installation

I have an MBP 3,1 (Mid-late 2007 model) and I'm trying to reinstall Snow Leopard. I don't have the original discs with my Mac, I got an original Snow Leopard install disc from another MacBook Pro but ...
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Windows XP Pro or Windows 7?

My dual Xeon 4GB system finally unfortunately succummed to win-rot with Win XP Pro/32. The system will not even reboot correctly in SAFE mode. So......it looks like an OS reload and application ...
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Reinstalling an old ThinkPad laptop

I have a somewhat old ThinkPad R40. I decided it's time to make a clean reinstall. I erased its partitions, formated a new one and installed Windows XP. I downloaded everything in Lenovo's site ...
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reinstall windows 7 starter on Acer netbook [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Install Win7 from USB I have trouble removing preinstalled McAfee from my Acer netbook, and I was wondering what other junk they might preinstall on it. I was thinking ...
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How do I completely remove and reinstall Samba on Debian?

My Samba installation has become a mess, and now the services won't even start correctly anymore, for some reason. Is there a way to completely remove Samba, as if it was never there, and then ...
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Recreate user profiles after reinstalling Windows 7

I have a Windows 7 Home Pro system with a SSD boot drive and conventional HDD for user accounts. I created a junction to make C:\Users point to D:\Users and all was well. Now the SDD got corrupted ...
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Reinstalling Windows 7 (Removing Bloatware)

Hey everyone. I have the following problem, I recently bought a new laptop (a Lenovo Ideapad) and it seems as if it came without a Windows 7 Installation disk (though it is on the laptop). The problem ...
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How to fix my mouse?

I just reinstalled Windows XP - while it was installing I didn't notice that the mouse wasn't plugged in. Once the instalation was complete my mouse doesn't work. The pointer shows up when Windows ...
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Obtain the product key of Microsoft Office? [duplicate]

I have to reformat my daughters laptop which has Windows Vista Home Edition... It currently has Microsoft Office on it which I will have to reinstall, but I can find the licenses number... Is there a ...
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Going to reinstall Windows 7, will I have ownership issues with files on my external hard drive afterward?

I'm going to reinstall Windows 7 soon. I'm going to "backup" my files by copying and pasting them to an external hard drive. I had a lot of problems with file ownership while doing this when upgrading ...
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Reinstall Windows XP using “Windows XP Service Pack 3 - ISO-9660 CD Image File”

I would like to reinstall Windows XP on my old computer. I do not have the original setup disks, however there is a file on the Microsoft Download centre called "Windows XP Service Pack 3 - ISO-9660 ...
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How can I reinstall Windows without a CD/DVD? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Installing Windows Vista without system restore CD with OEM key (ie: from underside of my laptop) I want to reinstall Windows, but my computer doesn't have a recovery ...
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Re-install Mac OS X: “Mac OS X cannot be installed on this computer.”

I'm trying to do a fresh install of Mac OS X on my MacBook. When I try to do so, I get the error "Mac OS X cannot be installed on this computer." I've searched the problem and discovered that the ...
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Formating Windows XP

Is their a way to format windows xp in a way that keeps all the service packs/drivers? I really dont wanna re-install everything....
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Windows XP remove program files

When I am trying to remove program from "Add or Remove Programs" I get an dialog with ability to chose instalation file. But I didn't have that file. So I can't remove program... Is there any another ...
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New Vaio laptop, performing a fresh install

I just purchased a new Sony Vaio laptop (z-series) but being a bit of a power user I really want to get rid of the software which is installed on it. I can go through the Programs and Features and ...
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Having to Toggle Between Two Sets of Video Drivers

So, I've got a Win7 64-bit gaming PC with GTX 260's. Recently, StarCraft 2 had an issue with flickering, which NVidia fixed with a new set of drivers. However, these new drivers induce unplayable ...
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Un-install internet explorer before re-installing windows xp

I wanted to re-install windows xp in my system for repairing purpose. But before that one of my tutorials suggested to un-install internet explorer. I don't know why ? If someone knows the exact ...
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Reinstalling Windows from scratch or uninstalling everything

I frequently reinstall Windows from scratch because it has become to slow. I wonder if I were to uninstall every application, followed by a defrag and CCleaner job, would it be as fast as a fresh ...
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Ubuntu Grub problem

I have/(had) Windows XP on one partition of my hdd. On the second partition I installed Ubuntu 9.10 yesterday. After reboot of Windows XP, I get the error "GRUB LOADING.". Now I know that you can ...
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Can I Reimage My Laptop With the Image of My Desktop?

I figured if I could reimage the new laptop, I wouldn't have to reinstall all the development software I install on a regular basis on every new system when I get a new contract gig and have to work ...
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Best way to reformat/recover in Windows when your CD key is no longer valid?

I have a copy of Windows 7 Professional that I have downloaded from the MSDNAA e-academy (thanks to my school). Now, the problem is that these license keys are one-use only. If I need to reformat or ...
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XP OEM licensing when reinstalling Windows XP

My wife has managed to buy a Dell laptop she was using at her ex-employer that just went bust. The problem with it is the OS (Windows XP) which takes ages to boot and is generally disproportionally ...
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Backup iTunes (store purchases, iphone backups, playlists) for Windows reinstall

I need to reinstall Windows on my PC. How can I backup iTunes - app store purchases, iPhone backups, media library, iTunes U - and restore it to the new iTunes installation after Windows reinstall? I ...
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Cannot reinstall Windows on Toughbook CF-19, OEM or upgrade issue?

My Toughbook (CF-19) has a 'Windows Vista Business OEMAct, Panasonic' COA on the bottom of the unit. When I extracted the key before reformatting - it was a 'Windows XP Professional' Product Name and ...
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Linux, recompiling from source

I'm relatively new to Linux but I've been messing around with a Ubuntu VM to get more acclimated with it. I set up SSH, Apache, PHP, MySQL, Ruby, Rails, Passenger, and Git to mess around with my web ...
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I some how lost my vim in ubuntu

After messing stuff up trying to install/uninstall some plugins I hosed up vim completey. Running ubuntu server (no gui) how can I get back vim to the way it was originally installed with ubuntu ...
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Install OS X 10.5 on Intel 1GB Macbook

I'm trying to install Mac OS X 10.5 on a MacBook that previously had 10.4 on it. i am getting an error after selecting the language. What could be causing a box on the screen that says: Mac OS X ...
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How can I format MacBook hard drive from OSX install disc?

I did some research and I found that rEFIt makes the OSX install disc nit recognize a Tiger partition. I've read that the solution includes backing up and then formatting. I am going to do this sans ...
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How can I force Ubuntu 9.10 to reinstall itself without losing my information?

The title says it all... I'm having lots of issues after upgrading 9.04 to 9.10 - I want to reinstall without losing my files and I gave away my Ubuntu Disc and I can't make another one right now... ...
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Couple folders went 'access denied' in Windows. Why and how to fix?

So, after a failed Windows 7 install, I put XP back on, and had a adrenaline shot when I got an access denied on a couple of my backed up folders. I already tried the instructions here at Microsoft ...
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Auto reimaging main disk on startup

After being tired of all my systems main drives slowly degrading as time passes by, I've been thinking about splitting my laptops disk into two drives, C and D (running Windows 7). The C drive would ...
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Lenovo Windows XP Reinstall Driver help

I'm reinstalling Windows on an IBM Thinkpad T43. (Not T43p) I reinstalled the OS and now there a number of drivers that I need to reinstall. Any help would be appreciated. I've been to Lenovo's ...
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Recover Old Settings and Email after family member reinstalls windows without formatting

A family member installed Windows XP over the top of an existing install when it did not boot. They previously used outlook express for email and saved things to my documents. They should be able to ...
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Messed up my perl install on Mac OS X 10.6

I have messed up my perl install on Mac OS X 10.6. I'll explain how: I wanted to add a cpan package for Bundle::DBD::mysql, cpan told me to update Bundle::CPAN first. I couldn't because of ...
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Where do I find driver installation info from a previous install

I just tried to reinstall Windows XP on a new hard drive. It installs and boots just fine, but now I can't get a lot of the built-in hardware working because I seem to have misplaced my motherboard ...
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reinstall windows xp

Windows 7 has been installed on my second partition "D" drive...everything is great...I even have Virtural XP up and running...Question: XP is still installed on my "C" drive, can I reinstall it on ...
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What's the best way to repave the family PC (running Win XP)?

I have a two-year-old system is badly in need of a repave. At startup there are messages about missing DLLs, and Firefox and a few other apps no longer work. I'd like to hook up an external disk, have ...
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Backup Picasa 'people' tags data

OK, so I've spent a fair amount of time putting names to faces in Picasa 3.5 but in a few days (hopefully) my copy of Windows 7 should arrive and I'll need to reinstall Windows. So, does anyone ...
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product key on xp reinstall

I recently reformatted my hard drive (virus) and entered an incorrect product key. I needed to validate my system and it was rejected. I didn't realize my correct key is on the side of my pc . Is ...
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Backing up the OS from a netbook?

I'm looking at getting a netbook but I see that they don't come with the OS on cd/dvd. Is there a way for me to make a "backup" of the default install in case I get a virus or HD wipe and need to ...
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Will reinstalling Windows XP on an existing partition wipe out my “My Documents” folder?

I have an old laptop with a broken Windows install. It bluescreens whenever I try to reboot it. I want to just try to reinstall Windows XP, but I want to make sure that no personal files will be ...
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BIOS root kit? Or, how do I fresh install a clean BIOS?

So I was installing questionable operating system onto my EEE pc and it required me to downgrade the BIOS which I really am not an expert at. I used a patch and it appeared to work. Now, I'm paranoid ...
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Positive effects of a OS re-install

I have a slow computer, and I can uninstall unused applications, empty the cookies, scrub the registry, do a disk cleanup, and do a defrag, but it is still just kind of slow. If I do a Windows ...
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How Can I Reinstall Windows?

Okay I'm tired of trying to fix all these problems with my Broadband Internet So I decided to reinstall windows but my optical drive does not work in-order for me to use the recovery cds how do I ...