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Differences between system images and full reinstall


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#1 rp88

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Posted 22 November 2014 - 11:35 AM

Quick question, if one gets into a situation where one needs to "reinstall" windows to correct changes of system settings, destroy malware, get rid of damaging updates, get rid of programs which wouldn't uninstall cleanly, etc then is there any reason that a full frsh reinstall could be better than a system image taken before the problem started and known to be fully functional, healthy, non-infected and have all settings working correctly. If a user has the ability to restore from fresh AND a system image USB/external hard drive lying around is there any reason they would go for full fresh reinstall (this is assuming the system image is known to be in a good state, taken before any problems occured)?

This applies to all windows versions but i've posted under windows 8 because system images are especially easy on windows 8 because it has them built in, where other versions need third party imaging software.

Edited by rp88, 22 November 2014 - 11:36 AM.

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Posted 22 November 2014 - 11:40 AM

If it is truly in a good state, then yes, there is no difference. Except you get to keep your files, data, programs, games, passwords, bookmarks and therefore save hours. But re-install deletes everything, and if it is a full re-format, then it is ensured no malware is able to get past.



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Posted 22 November 2014 - 06:10 PM

Would re-image also ensure no malware survives, assuming the image is from a time before ANY infection was present on the system?
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