How to Reimage A Computer
When a person becomes sick, you provide them with medicine, push fluids, and prescribe rest, but that doesn’t work for computers.
Instead, more drastic measures must be taken if your device appears damaged past what a regular restart or cleanup can manage.
A New Look
Reimage is often used interchangeably with reinstall, as it basically means to delete all software from a computer and subsequently install it again. This is a time consuming task that should only be taken if your operating system is pretty significantly damaged, or if you have a spyware problem that would take longer to mitigate manually.
Reimaging a computer sounds quite a bit scarier than it actually is; it’s certainly a major undertaking, but it shouldn’t be that difficult if you know what you’re doing.
Starting from Scratch
Before you begin the reimaging process, make sure to backup your files. Quite a bit will be lost in the process, so anything that’s meaningful to you will need to be stored outside of your computer in a cloud or external hard drive.
On a Windows computer, you will start by clicking the Recovery tab in your Updates & Security settings. Next, choose Get Started under the Reset This PC option, and choose to delete all files. Your computer will prompt you through all of the steps that follow.
On a Mac, open your Recovery Menu by pressing Command + R as you restart your computer. From there, click Disk Utility and choose to erase your hard drive. Once that’s done, you’ll be able to reinstall Mac OS.
Reimaging is a last resort when all else has failed, but it’s bound to provide you with far superior performance from your computer once complete.