Articles in Category: Setup and Install

Windows Setup Install Now

How Do I Reformat and Reinstall Windows?

To reformat and reinstall is considered the “nuclear option” when it comes to dealing with Windows problems (or just cleaning up).

Windows 10 DVD

How To Reinstall Windows Without an Installation Disc

The best way to prepare for needing an installation disc is to create one before you need it. I’ll review some approaches.

How Do I Remove My Personal Data from My Computer Running Windows 10?

It’s almost impossible to remove all personal information from a Windows installation, short of one extreme option.

Ready to Reset

Reinstalling Windows 10 from Windows 10: “Reset This PC”

Windows 10 makes it relatively easy to reinstall Windows and keep most of your data while doing so.

Local Account Switch: Done!

How Do I Switch Back to a Local Account Sign-in for Windows 10?

It’s not uncommon to set up Windows 10 only to find you’re required to log in with a Microsoft account. I’ll show you how to restore a local account sign-in.

System and System.sav

How do I Repair My System if the Registry Can’t Be Loaded?

We can certainly find a way to repair your system registry. But my concern is, why did this happen in the first place?

Save Me!

How do I reinstall software if I don’t have the installation discs or download files?

If you bought it you can, and should, save it. Even if it is just a downloaded installation .exe file and activation code.

Inserting a disc

I Don’t Have Installation Media for Windows. What If I Need It?

At some point, you’re going to need your Windows installation CD/DVD. If you don’t have it, you could be severely out of luck. I’ll review alternatives.

Why Did I Get this Additional Driver Utility?

More frequently, unwanted software is included in the download package of things you actually want. Preventing these programs from being installed is easy; getting rid of them may not be.

USB Thumb Drive

Can I put everything but the operating system on an external drive?

Using an external drive is not going to work like you think in the long run. In the end, a backup image is the most convenient tool to use when reinstalling Windows.

Explosion

Why Did I Lose Applications After My Machine was Formatted?

By definition, reformatting a hard drive erases everything. The big question is, why didn’t the technician tell you that?!

Custom installation (revealed)

Installing Software Safely and with Minimal Impact

Installing software safely is something that I suspect many don’t really think about, even though installing software is something we do often. I’ll review some recommendations to minimize both impact and danger.

What’s the easiest way to restore my machine to original factory settings if I didn’t get discs?

If you don’t have installation or recovery media then you’ll need to take additional steps to prepare for the day you might need to reset to factory settings. Additional steps using software that I hope you already have.

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How Do I Reinstall Downloaded Programs?

When it’s important that you save several things for the day disaster strikes and you need to reinstall downloaded programs. I’ll look at what you need to save to prepare for the worst.

How Do I Change the Default Installation Drive?

In this scenario, the real issue is that your C: drive is full. What I recommend you do is clean it up.

Does installing lots of programs destabilize my computer?

Skip the apps. Install the software that you’re going to use and use your
computer the way you want to use it!

How Do I Reformat and Reinstall Windows? (XP & Vista)

Sometimes the best approach to resolving an issue, be it a virus or simply software rot, is reformat and reinstall. We’ll review the steps.

Inserting a disc

How Do I Reformat My Machine If I Don’t Have a Windows CD?

Reformatting a machine is a major step that erases everything. Unless you really know what you’re doing, you’re going to want that Windows Setup CD.