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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Deleting Windows.old folder?

I have recently re-installed my Windows 8 Release Preview, and it has left a Windows.old folder in my C Drive. I am trying to delete this folder, but I am getting lots of errors: After ...
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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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How to enable AHCI in Windows XP without reinstalling

This question is part of a larger list of things I'll need to do before installing a new SSD drive, but I think it deserves its own question. Current setup: A dual-boot machine with Windows XP ...
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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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Which driver do I need to install in order to dim screen on Dell

I have reinstalled Win 7 on my Dell Precision M4600 and I installed the chipset (restarted) then video and network driver (in that order). However I am not able to dim the light using fn-up/down. ...
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What's the Best Practice reinstalling windows 7 on a dual boot with ubuntu 11.04

I've posted a question here that I have a 32bits windows 7 on a dual boot machine with ubuntu 10.04 upgraded to 11.04. From the responses I had from the questions, I decided to reinstall the windows 7 ...
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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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How to recover Windows Vista product key?

Two years ago I bought an Asus laptop with Windows Vista pre-installed. I also received a recovery DVD with it. I now want to reinstall Windows and fully format the hard drive - however, the sticker ...
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Need to reinstall Windows XP Professional - but no longer have the CD

My laptop has got several problems all pointing to needing a reinstall. Its genuine - and I can extract the key from the registry. But where can I get a copy of XP Professional to install? A bit ...
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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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What do I have to back up before I re-install?

It seems that almost every time I re-install windows on my PC I end up forgetting to back up something. Now I consider myself an experienced pc-user, and I've done this tons of times, but it never ...
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OEM Office 2010 without media - how to reinstall?

I have recently purchased a new office desktop PC from Dell with OEM version of Windows 7 Pro and Office 2010 Pro. One of the reasons I always use Dell is that they always supply installation media ...
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Reinstall Preinstalled Windows 7 on a Toshiba Laptop

I'm having problems with a Toshiba Satellite L745 which came preinstalled with Windows 7 (According to the product key label on the bottom Home Premium QA). Basically it is freezing whenever updates ...
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How can I backup Windows 7 with programs and files?

Is there any way that I can reinstall Windows 7 and put all my programs and files back on the system without reinstalling programs one-by-one, like a Mac?
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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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OEM Office 2003 without media - how to reinstall?

I'm re-installing windows and I found that I don't have the install disk for my office 2003 (standard edition). I extracted my CD key before the re-install. Where can I find an iso or installer so I ...
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Reinstalling Windows XP - Reinstall Everything?

If I reinstall Windows XP on my machine, will I have to reinstall everything? Does it wipe the hard drive (i.e. all my pictures and documents)?
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Is it possible to use programs installed on a second hard drive after a Windows reinstall?

Currently I have two hard drives: C (120gb SSD) and E (500gb SSD). I had been using C for Windows and small utilities, while larger programs (games mostly) are installed on E. I would like to wipe my ...
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What steps do I need to take to completely uninstall MySQL?

I have installed and uninstalled MySQL Server for about 100 times. Each time I reinstall the thing, it shows the same configurations, which I think cause problems. I would like to get rid of all ...
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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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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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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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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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Error Installing Windows XP

I'm trying to reinstall windows XP, when I boot to a windows XP disk I get the normal blue screen which runs through installing drivers, then after these drivers are installed, I see at the botton ...
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Reinstalling the iPhone OS

After using my iPhone for over a year, I now have 7 pages of applications and the phone has started to become old and slow. Coming from the windows-world, I suspect that a clean install will help a ...
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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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Error message: “Windows cannot be installed to this disk…”

I am trying to install Windows 7 64-bit. My primary harddrive is an SSD. The Windows installer informed me that: On EFI systems, Windows can only be installed to GPT disks. So, after a lot of ...
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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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Another Windows 7 install freezing

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad T510 which has been runing Windows 7 32bits for almost two years now. For some reason, the system got dusty and slow so I backed-up my data intending to format my HDD and ...
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Windows product key is valid but wont activate

Last month, I needed to install Windows XP (Pro Version 2002 SP3) from a Reinstallation CD a co-worker gave me, and with a product key the IT team told me to use. Everything installed successfully ...
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Reinstall Mac OS X without DVD on a new hard drive

I need to reinstall OS X on my MacBook, but the DVD unit is spitting out any DVD I insert into it. Also, the hard disk drive was dead, and I replaced it. Can you please tell me an alternative to ...
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How to obtain and re-install Windows XP

I have a Dell desktop that has a sticker on the top with my Windows XP license info and product key. I would like to clean my hard drive and re-install XP so that I can sell the desktop. The problem ...
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Completely Uninstall Visual Studio 2010

I've got a bug with visual studio 2010, whenever I try to run my program with debugging enabled it pops up an error message saying "Error While Trying to Run Project: Uncaught exception thrown by ...
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How to reinstall Windows 8 on a laptop

I have a laptop that was shipped with Windows 8, I nuked the drive and installed a linux distro on there temporarily. I'd now like to put Windows 8 back - but I have no physical Windows 8 ...
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How do I get XTNDConnect PC working again?

On Windows (XPSP3), I need to use a dead-ware application past its 30-day trial period. The editor has gone bankrupt a long time ago, so there's just no way to buy a license. So I need to completely ...