How to Reinstall Ubuntu without losing data

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Sometimes reinstalling ubuntu is way to go for fixing some graphics or other system related software problems for example after upgrade or graphics driver messed up , just do a reinstall it will be fixed . Re-installation process is easy let just follow these simple instructions to Reinstall Ubuntu without any losing data .

Reinstalling won’t overwrite your settings , but still you have to reinstall any downloaded apps .

Warning : Before doing anything please take backup of /home folder using live USB or clonezilla method .

Prerequisites

  • Live USB
  • 20-40 Minutes time

That’s all you are going to need during this process .

Process

  • Insert Live CD/USB and run the ubuntu installer
  • Choose language and click next
  • On ” Installation Type ” window Choose Re-Install Ubuntu

choose-reinstall

  • Choose “Install Now “

Info

  • ENTER SAME USERNAME AS BEFORE
  • AND SAME PASSWORD

to avoid any kind of conflict , it’s just convention over configuration 🙂 ,
It will take some time ( 20-25 minutes ) depending on your system and home directory size etc . wait until it finish installing then click reboot .

After Re-installation you will see that , all downloaded application are gone , you have to install them manually again , re-installation process will install some previously installed programmes . But after installing google chrome or sublime text you will see that all the bookmarks and sublime plugins are there , it will save a lot of time to configure them again & again .

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