We all have problems with our operating systems. A good practice is to reinstall from time to time. Some experts recommend 3 months, other ones recommend 6 months. The point is to reinstall when you need to. Maybe your operating
system will work perfectly for a year. But for the ones of you that are using it at its full capacity it is a very good practice and of course safe.
Some of us are frightened
to reinstall the operating system not for the process itself, but for the other 3rd party software you install after that. We lose a lot of time, looking for the discs and the keys for the specific software.
Well here is a quickly
solution and a comfortable
one in my opinion.
You could do the following at the next reinstallation
of your operating system.
I will present the process step by step:
-Reinstall your O.S. as normally. Make all your custom settings( disable the error report, disable remote, automatic updates, etc);
-Install all the drivers for your computer in the proper order (chipset, vga, sound, etc);
-Install all the software that you need (Ms Office, Corel Draw, Photoshop, Python, Visual Studio, Min Gw studio, etc- these are pure examples);
-Make further settings for your operating system and applications;
For the final steps of the process you will need a Hiren's Boot CD
. Here is a link to all its components: http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd
. The following link is for downloading the content of the future CD: http://www.hirensbootcd.net/
. After downloading, burn it on a CD.
The next steps are:
-Restart your computer
-Select from the boot menu to boot from CD
-Select run BootCD from the menu- This is for the newer versions of the software. Also on the newer version you have a Mini Windows XP
- very helpful, but I will explain it in another review.
-The software the you will use from the CD is Norton Ghost
. The exact key combination for the program is: 2-2 (press 2 and another menu will appear. In this one press again 2 for Norton Ghost)
-Another menu will appear for the type of Ghost images that you want. You may want to split the image- you do not need additional software.
-Run the suitable application for you.
-For making the image
the steps are: partition-to image- select the hard drive- select the partition that you will recover later- select the path- give a name- and select a compress rate. (I recommend a fast one)
-For recovering the image:
partition- from image- select the image- select the hard drive- select the partition.
After recovering from that image you will have the O.S. as you installed it. You can use the image as many times as you want. It won't deteriorate.
Also you can use the image on different computers with the same configuration. Just be careful with the partitions. You can use Partition Magic, also present on the CD.
The time of the process varies because of the hard drive(how fast it is), the compress rate. But it will not take longer than installing all of those again.
It is a difficult process only the first time, because after that the O.S. will be ready in a couple of minutes, with just a few clicks.
Oh, and do not forget
to backup the important files and documents before recovering your partition.