A fresh install of Windows is the right way to go when all other software troubleshooting you’ve tried has been unsuccessful. This is also the case when you want to optimize your PC’s performance. You achieve this by installing or re-installing a “clean” copy of Windows back on your computer. Although somewhat tedious, this could save you major cash rather than paying for a new computer!
Most of the time, a clean install is the thing you try after one of Windows’ automatic repair processes hasn’t solved your problem. A clean install will return your computer to pretty much the same state it was in the day you first turned it on.
In case it’s not clear yet: a clean install should be reserved for the most serious of Windows operating system problems since all the data on your primary hard drive partition (usually the C: drive) is completely wiped during the process.
How to freshly Install Windows
A clean install of Windows is accomplished during the Windows setup process by removing the existing Windows installation before installing a new operating system or re-installing the existing one.
Note: In Windows 10, the Reset This PC process is an easier-to-do, and equally effective, way to clean re-install Windows.
In versions of Windows prior to Windows 10, the individual steps involved in completing a clean install can differ greatly based on the operating system you happen to be using.
Important: Remember, a clean install of Windows will erase everything from the drive that Windows is installed on. When we say everything, we mean everything. You’ll need to back up anything you want to save before you begin this process! You can back up your files online or use an offline backup tool.
Important: In addition to backing up the individual files you want to keep, you should also prepare to reinstall your programs. Gather the original installation discs and downloaded program setups to any program you want to put back on your computer. One easy way to document all your installed programs is with the “Tools > Uninstall” option in CCleaner.
No program outside of those that come bundled with an original Windows setup will be on your computer after the clean install is complete.
Note: If you only have a restore disc from your computer manufacturer, and not an original Windows Setup disc or download, your restore disc might have a relatively similar process that will restore your entire PC, Windows, and programs, back to the factory default.
Please reference the information that came with your computer or contact your computer manufacturer directly for directions.
If you would like to save some money and not have to buy a whole new computer, this method could be the way for you to go. If you need help with this, we’re more than happy to help. We will save all of your personal files, test all of the hardware for integrity and performance, re-install your registered Operating System & other programs as well as restore all of your personal files to their respective locations. This helps make your experience with a completely renewed computer as seamless as possible. Contact us via email/phone for any advice.
By: Matthew Clark