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The Last OS Reinstallation You'll Ever Need

This is a guest post by Jane Smith. I grew up on Windows operating systems (OS) my whole life, so I know all the trials and tribulations that can come with the Windows experience. Over time, the operating system will appear to slow down and deteriorate as you install more programs, drivers, and have more background processes running. There are ways to clean up your current OS and limit running processes, but I find these steps to be tedious and nerve-racking. For me, I would rather reinstall my OS than slim down processes and troubleshoot drivers.

This mentality has caused me to reinstall my OS a good number of times. Even on Windows 7, the supposed godsend of Windows, I've had to reinstall the OS more times than I'd like to admit (keep in mind, I demand a lot from my OS). The most embarrassing aspect of my chronic OS reinstallation habits is that, with all Windows 7 features at my call, I didn't need to reinstall my OS ever.

How Save States Work

A save state will essentially create a detailed image that backs up your entire OS, including files, applications, accounts, preferences, and anything else that has do to anything with your current running computer. The beauty of save states is that both Mac and Windows systems currently have the ability to do this. For Mac, you use an application called Time Machine which is available for Mac OS X 10.6 and OS X Lion. For Windows, you use a control panel program called Recovery which is only available on Windows 7.

Backing up your OS is extremely easy to do, and both links in the above paragraph should explain how to create a backup image and how to restore to that backup image as simply as possible. For both Windows and Mac, I recommend creating the backup image on an external hard drive that has a lot of space. Depending on how much is on your current OS, your backup image will likely be pretty huge.

My Recommendation

Really, you can create a backup for your OS at any time, but I find that the best way to do it is after a fresh reformatting of your hard drive and reinstallation of your OS. Particularly if you've noticed your OS showing a little age, a little glitchyness, or some other form of inconsistency, I wouldn’t hesitate to perform the last reinstallation of your OS you will ever need to perform.

Remember that before you reinstall your operating system, you should back up all of your files, and I would get all of the software that you are going to have to reinstall in order. After you reinstall your OS, install all the software you need as soon as you can, and be sure to tweak your preferences in programs, applications, and browsers. You want your OS to be as clean and tweaked as possible, so that if anything ever goes wrong, you can always restore to this perfect OS setup.

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Jane Smith is a freelance writer and blogger. She writes about criminal background check for Backgroundcheck.org. Questions and comments can be sent to: janesmth161 (@ )gmail.com

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