Owning a computer means at one point or another you will need to restore your operating system. While you could take it to a repair shop it could cost you over a $100.00, plus they will push other products on you. Thus is why every computer owner must know how to restore your own computer. So lets get started on how you do that.
1-Back Up Media
If you use your computer for a lot media you will want to back it up. However, you hopefully have already backed it all up by the time you read this or do it pretty often. You will basically have 3 options on how to back it up. DVD-rom, USB memory stick or external hard disk. Each one has its pros and cons, which I will get into in another post later on. But back up everything you want to save before you start restoring your system.
2-Locate Your Restore Disc/OS Disc
Next, you will need to find your OS disc or your restore disc that came with your system. However, some newer models come with a section of your hard disc-but at this stage it is still more rare. Please keep in mind that if you do not have a recovery disc from your manufacture you can either order one or buy a copy of OS. Please remember to find out if you have 32 or 64 bit and order the correct one. Or else it will not work. You can also download a legal copy onto an external drive or memory stick, but be sure to right down the activation/product key first.
3-Boot From Media Source
Boot from your media source. You can do this by connecting the device before you boot and wait for a menu to ask you where you want to boot from. Select that and start the restoring process.
4-Follow On Screen Instructions
You will go through a few menus at first, this includes selection a partition. Delete the biggest one and then create a new one for the fresh copy of the OS to be installed. This could take a while depending on how big the partitions are and how fast your CPU is. After that it will start copying all of the files onto the new partition, which means you just sit and wait.
Once all of the files are copied, you will be asked to restart your computer. Select yes, then boot from your internal hard disc and let those files to be copied.
After that you will be asked to select your settings and personalize your computer. After that you will be required to active it either via phone or internet(at least on Windows).
Next you will need to install your drivers, which can be a pain or easy depending on how you restored your OS. If you are using a restore disc from your computer manufacture, you likely got a disc with the driver. If not, you will have to find each driver manually online, download and install. The second option is a pain, but can be done in one day. Be sure to know your hardware and what OS version you have before downloading any drivers.
Once all proper drivers have been installed and you have no conflicts with hardware, you are done with restoring your system. It can be done typically in 2-5 hours depending on a couple of things. Please feel free to ask any questions that you may have or if you want more examples, tips or even a video.
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