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Wait, just to be clear: Reinstalling Windows is NOT reinstalling all the data...

#1EvilBeardsPosted 11/7/2013 5:32:38 PM
or formatting the data on your storage device right? I always associated this with the idea of formatting your storage device and reinstalling everything.

Is it literally just putting your Windows install disk back in and letting it do its thing? Or?
#2Lonestar2000Posted 11/7/2013 5:45:55 PM
Yes, and it will move all your old files to a folder called windows.old.
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#3ShubPosted 11/7/2013 5:46:51 PM
During the Windows installation process, you have the option of formatting the volume to which you're installing Windows, but it's not a requirement, so no, reinstalling Windows and formatting your hard drive are not the same thing at all. Although certainly formatting their system partition is what a lot of people do when reinstalling Windows.
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#4Black_King945Posted 11/7/2013 6:13:42 PM
First point would be don't leave your data on a disk you are reinstalling Windows on.

Most OEM PC (HP, Toshiba, etc) recovery processes erase all data automatically.

System builder Windows discs allow upgrade or repair installations, but I don't see the point of trying to put new over old.
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