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How To: Never Need To Re-install Your Windows OS Again

Posted: 07 Jul 2011 02:40 PM PDT

**OS Means – Operating System

Having been raised into technology through the Windows operating system (OS), I know how bad an old, used, and abused Windows OS can get. I've gone through the pains of reinstalling several Windows OS on multiple occasions. Sometimes it would be because my computer was overrun with viruses. Other times it would be because my computer had way too much trailware and applications running in the background, and I didn't want to take the time to un-install them individually.

The Cons of Re-installing an OS

Performing a clean install of an OS used to be a great way to default your computer back to that just-like-new state you purchased it in. The only problem with performing a clean install is the fact that it reformats your hard drive, requiring you to:

  • Back up all your important files
  • Reinstall all the programs (many of which you've lost their installation disc) you'll want on your newly installed OS
  • Reinstall any necessary drivers to get your hardware working (although Windows 7 is a bit better at finding these drivers for you automatically; still, some hardware can still give problems)
  • Move your backed-up files back to your reformatted hard drive
  • Reconfigure any browser and software settings back to your liking

The Backup System Image

As you can see, reinstalling an OS takes a lot of work and time, but it was worth, it in my view, to have that clean operating system that runs faster and has less issues. Now, however, Windows allows you to create a backup system image which saves the state of your current OS configuration (every detail, file, and program install) and allows you to boot back to this state if anything ever goes wrong.

Preparing Your Computer for a Backup Image

First, I advise that it's best to create a backup system image right after you've performed a clean install and have reinstalled all your software and have tweaked your OS back to your liking. Particularly if you feel your OS is starting to dip in performance with too many background programs or has viruses, I do not recommend creating a backup system image. Why backup an OS state that is already slow and clunky?

Of course, if there are only slight issues with your OS you can just take some time to repair your system before you save your OS state (although if you have viruses, I would just run a clean install). To help get your OS up to par before backing up, try the following:

How to Create a Backup System Image

To create and save a backup system image, you only have to do the following:

  • Click Start (Window) and then Control Panel.
  • In the Control Panel, click Back up your computer under System and Security.
  • Click Create a system image or Set up backup; both will do the same thing.
  • Save the image to an external hard drive or backup dvd.

To access your backup image state in Windows, simply click Start (Window), then click the Control Panel. Type recovery into the search box in Windows explorer, and then click Recovery once the search brings it up. Then just click Advanced recovery methods, and select Use system image and pick the one you created earlier.


This guest post is written by Lauren Bailey, who regularly writes for online colleges. She welcomes your comments at her e-mail address:


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New Version Of FrostWire (5.0.7) Available To Download @

Posted: 07 Jul 2011 01:31 PM PDT

Dear Readers,

Well like I do every most weeks. I checked my favorite P2P download main site and what do you know. I found a new updated version of FrostWire.

Enjoy the latest new version of FrostWire. Which is now available to download via the following link FrostWire (5.0.7) Available To Download @


I have checked all the links and they all work. But please report via comment or e-mail if the links becomes broken…..


Till The Next Update,

Remy "Se7en"

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