Great Reasons to Remint

  • Save yourself some money.
  • To be a good steward of the environment.
  • Simplify and organize your digital life.
  • Help out your community.

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Reminting sounds good, but what is it?

Simply put, it's a way of revitalizing your desktop and laptop computers (usually a computer that has failed or
is in the process of failing). The process usually consists of the following steps:

  1. Backing up your personal data to an external device;
  2. Cleaning the computer both inside and out;
  3. Wiping clean every bit of data from your computer;
  4. Reinstalling the operating system and the core programs that you intend to use;
  5. Restoring important personal data from the external backup back onto your computer;
  6. Replacing any faulty parts discovered during the process.

Sounds Like a Lot of Work

Frankly it is, but you can Remint with Tom or some other computer enthusiast usually for a small amount of cash.

Or you can do-it-yourself and enjoy and learn from that experience and maybe even help others remint their computers.

Result

Usually you end up with a computer that is working better than when it was first new. Especially if you take advantage of QFOSS

The opportunity to walk away from software designed to make your life even more of a hassle.

Pitfalls

It's possible to inadvertently lose personal information that was stored on your computer in an unsound or
faulty manner.

Outdated programs or programs where you have lost the licensing information may no longer work. You will either have to come up with suitable, quality free and open source substitute, repurchase a license, or purchase a substitute. You may find out that your computer is too old or too damaged to be worth saving and end up buying a new computer.

Why Call it Reminting?

As you may have surmised, Tom "coined" the term "remint". Heh, heh, that's a pun, we should be writing dopey newscopy. But we digress. We think remint really captures the process. Reminting is not exactly rebuilding from scratch and it's definitely not a planned upgrade. Nor is it simply a repair job. In fact, it is really important to distinguish a remint from a repair, because a repair or fix implies that you are trying to correct some issues but otherwise leave the computer in the state that you found it. When you remint you are not extending the life of your computer. Instead, you are giving your computer a whole new life, and hopefully only passing along the worthwhile stuff. Using a term like remint really drives home the point that this is a special process that should lead to a better -- yet different -- computer experience.