How to Reimage a Laptop

By Larry Amon

Reimaging basically means to wipe the computer's hard drive and copy a completely working drive with all of the applications and operating system in complete working order overtop of the original drive. Reimaging a laptop is not hard, but if you have a laptop that is in bad shape, a reimage can be a quick way to get your laptop back to optimum health.

Things You'll Need

  • Imaging software

Step 1

Prepare an image. You have to have an image to reimage a laptop. This can be an image you already have or one that you create. If you don't have an image, you will need to have a near identical laptop where you will install the operating system and all of the applications you want. You can make an image of this other laptop by using a program like ghost to copy the image to a CD, DVD or network location.

Step 2

Get the laptop ready for the image. You will want to save anything on the laptop that you may want. If you are running the image from a network, make sure the laptop is connected to the network and that you have the network card drivers for the laptop. Some imaging programs require these drivers. Some programs can boot from CD to start a reimage. Other programs make you create a startup disk. Create a startup disk if necessary.

Step 3

Start the imaging process. You may have to boot from a CD or reimage prep disk if the reimaging software had you create a disk. If you are reimaging from a network, the computer just needs to be turned on and on the network. If you are reimaging from a network PC, just start the program and point it to the network PC that you wish to reimage. Point the reimage program to the image you wish to use. The image can be on a CD, DVD or network share.

Step 4

Restart the computer after the image is complete. Make sure the computer boots up properly and has no problems. If the reimage was interrupted, you may have to image the laptop again.