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how to re-install fedora 25 without wiping the personal files

asked 2017-01-24 12:56:40 -0600

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how to re-install fedora 25 without wiping the personal files and folder without wiping out entire disk

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answered 2017-01-24 13:01:29 -0600

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updated 2017-01-24 13:20:17 -0600

important piece of information missing here: Do you have your /home folder on a separate partition?

If yes, just reinstall without re-formatting /home (set mount point of that partition to /home during install)

If no, backup your data (maybe incl. /etc/), reinstall creating a separate /home (good for future installs), then reinstall. Restore your personal data to /home.

For backup and restore: Do not forget to include hidden .files and .folder (they start with a ., and by default are not visible in Nautilus, hit CRTL+h to display them.)

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I was always wondering whether it (keeping /home) affect stability of a newly installed system due to "leftovers"? Won't it bring some old issues assuming one had them to the freshly installed system. Does new installation overwrite configurations?

Gurenko_Alex gravatar imageGurenko_Alex ( 2017-01-25 06:01:13 -0600 )edit

The installation won't touch /home at all. If you were having problems because of system settings, those will be reset. If you were having a problem due to user settings, then you will still have that. But you shouldn't be reinstalling to fix that anyway.

ssieb gravatar imagessieb ( 2017-02-15 14:19:24 -0600 )edit

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