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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Win7's unofficial, no-reformat, nondestructive reinstall

The new WindowsSecrets newsletter is out. I have two stories in this issue.

The "Top Story" (free to all, no subscription required):

Win7's no-reformat, nondestructive reinstall

Microsoft won't tell you this, but you can do a fast, nondestructive, in-place, total reinstall of Windows 7 without damaging your user accounts, data, installed programs, or system drivers.

That means you may never have to do a full, from-scratch reinstall again, even when your system is misbehaving so badly that a full reformat-and-reinstall seems the only answer!

It's a complete how-to, with many screen-shot illustrations.

My regular Q&A columns answers reader question on these topics, this week:

  • ID those cryptic programs in Control Panel
  • Can't unlock files secured with XP's EFS
  • Replace double clicks with single clicks?
  • Hardware-based passwords for notebooks, PCs
Here's the full issue rundown:

The following link includes all articles this week: http://WindowsSecrets.com/comp/110714

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