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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 
  • Documents
  • Photos
  • Movies
  • Music 
  • iTunes Folder
  • Emails
  • Address Book
  • Internet Favourites
  • Organise Software Installation Discs & Keys
Format and reinstall Windows 
  • Via Installation disc
  • Via Restore from factory setting which is usually activated at the boot menu
Setup computer via onscreen instructions 
Keyboard / Location
Check drivers for devices in System Hardware
Note:Do not turn on Automatic updates yet
Setup Internet access
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
Install anti virus & make sure it is updated
Reboot and check again for AV updates 
Now turn on Windows Automatic update
Install software
Once software installed , check again for updates
Reinstall all your data
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.



Quick Backup Guide - Windows and Mac 

Looking for a quick backup guide where you backup everything then try this method.

I much prefer this method to an automated backup solution which can show the backup as a 'Blob " then you have to delve into the blob to recover files.

It is much better to see the folders and files in a backup.

Also when you have backed up make sure that backup works by opening up files on the backup.

This method works if you have not moved your documents from the C drive.


Open the C Drive on your computer

Go to Documents and Settings 

You should see your User Profile  , eg Richard 

This is the folder you should back up as it contains all your files and settings.

So you should go highlight the folders , then go to edit , select all and edit copy and paste into a folder on an external hard drive.

Mac - Apple - osX

Go to your User name

This is what you should copy and back up as it will take all your files.