Microsoft-Windows Tips

10 Step Backup & Re-install Guide For Your Computer

If you are going to re- install your operating system on your Windows computer , from Windows XP – Windows 7 you need to follow a step by step system.

Here is my system 

1.BACKUP & ORGANISE

  • Documents
  • Photos
  • Movies
  • Music 
  • iTunes Folder
  • Emails
  • Address Book
  • Internet Favourites
  • Organise Software Installation Discs & Keys

2.REINSTALL WINDOWS 

Format and reinstall Windows 

  • Via Installation disc
  • Via Restore from factory setting which is usually activated at the boot menu

3.SETUP WINDOWS

  • Setup computer via onscreen instructions 
  • Keyboard / Location
  • Check drivers for devices in System Hardware

Note:Do not turn on Automatic updates yet

4.INTERNET

  • Setup Internet access

5.WINDOWS UPDATE

Go to Windows Update

  • Select custom updates
  • Install ALL updates – then reboot
  • Return to custom updates and repeat above step
  • Repeat until no more updates are left

6.ANTIVIRUS SOLUTION

  • Install anti virus & make sure it is updated
  • Reboot and check again for AV updates 

7.WINDOWS UPDATE

  • Now turn on Windows Automatic update

8.SOFTWARE

  • Install software
  • Once software installed , check again for updates

9.DATA

  • Reinstall all your data

10.DEVICES

  • Reinstall all your devices with updated drivers from the internet
  • Cant remember all this, then here is a copy in PDF format that you can download with check boxes included so you can mark off where you are up to.

Richard Pascoe is a technology consultant & technology commentator for the media on FIVEaa , ABC Adelaide , PowerFM , 5MU , 7AD and 7BU and has been seen on the Channel 7 news , Channel 9 News , Channel 10 news and Today Tonight . Richard gives his opinions on Microsoft , Google , Apple and deals with personal computers , smartphones and tablets.

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