How to Re due Your Windows PC

From Media

By

Scott Sekinger

1/3/2012

 

This article has you reinstall Windows from your Windows media, or recovery disk instead of the recovery partition. There are two reasons why you will reinstall Windows on your PC. 

The first reason is to get rid any virus you may have on your PC.

The second reason is to do some house cleaning.  Over time a PC gets a lot of garbage on it and it needs to be cleaned out.   The best way to do this is to reinstall Windows, and the software you use.  I suggest that you this once a year.

 

1.       Find your Windows Operating System media, or your System Recovery disk.  Make sure you have the product key for your Windows Operating System media.

Most PCs today do not come with System disk to cut down on the cost of the PC.  When you get your PC home you have to create your own by using the PC manufacture’s software.  This should be the first thing you do.

 I suggest getting the Geek Squad from Best Buys to do the work for two reasons.  The first reason that they will test the PC out before it leaves the store.  The second reason is that it will save you time if they do it.

 

2.       Backup your data.  This very important.  In fact you should always backup your data. Data consist of documents, pictures, movies, favorites, and other important files.

Windows 7 come with a program called Easy Transfer Wizard.  Check out the URL http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928634 to learn more about the program.  You can download it for Windows X and Vista at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/windows-easy-transfer.

 

3.       Change the boot order in the BIOS, so it boots first from your Windows or Recovery disk.  Check out you r PC’s manufactures website to learn how to do this.

 

4.       Insert the media into you’re your optical drive reboot the PC, and follow the on screen instructions. If you have reinstalled Windows from a Microsoft Windows disk then install the drivers from the disk you have or from your PC manufacture’s website.

 

5.       After you are done reinstalling Windows run Windows updates until there are no more updates to install.  

 

You will be presented with a dialog box telling you to configure Windows updates when your PC boots up for first time.  I highly suggest that you let Windows automatically download and install updates.

 

6.        After you are done updating Windows install an Antivirus program.  If you do not have one or your Antivirus needs to be renewed you can download and use Microsoft Security Essentials, if you do not want to pay for one. You can get at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/security-essentials.  This is the best free antivirus around.

 

7.       Install only the programs you need.  Software you install that you do not use can slow down your PC, and take up valuable space.  To speed the installation of Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe’s Flash player, and other useful program check out www.ninite.com.  If possible install the latest version of the software, and all patches for the software.