There are many reasons you might need to reinstall Windows. Perhaps the registry has been corrupted, the machine is experiencing performance issues, or you can't remove a particularly stubborn bit of malware. Whatever the reason, sometimes starting over with a clean install is the best option.
But before you pop that Windows disc into your machine, take a few moments to plan your reinstallation process. In this IT Dojo video, I'll go over the three things you need to do before reinstalling Windows to make the process go smoothly.
For those of you who prefer text to video, you can go to the video player page for this IT Dojo episode and click "See Full Transcript," or you can also read Alan Norton's original article, "10 things you should do before, during, and after reinstalling Windows," on which this video is based.
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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.