How to Reinstall Ubuntu Linux

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January 29, 2023 by Ashley

Reinstall Ubuntu Linux

I wish I could say all the problems are solved by starting over, but it is not true. So, let’s just learn how to reinstall Ubuntu Linux to repair all the problems of your system. When you face some troubles, such as failing upgrades, driver issues, GRUB loader faults, and more, reinstalling your OS can be helpful. In the end, you might find the actual solution was not reinstalling, but choosing this fast and easy way to achieve to eliminate the problem seems reasonable.

Ubuntu users may never face a serious problem since it is a reliable and modern distribution. But for example, users might face some issues after installing Ubuntu beside Windows 10. So, join us with this article to review all the required steps to reinstall Ubuntu.

Prerequisites to Reinstall Ubuntu

To let this tutorial works correctly, provide the options below.

  • A system running Ubuntu.
  • At least 4 GB USB drive.

When Should You Reinstall Ubuntu?

Previously, you learned what to do after installing Ubuntu. According to some unpredicted problems, you might have to reinstall your running operating system to repair all the problems while all the configuration and files are being kept.

Firstly, let’s see when and why Ubuntu must be reinstalled:

  • When GRUB is messed up, some users prefer to recover it and some others decide to reinstall Ubuntu and remove the root problem as well.
  • When users face a problem, but cannot find a certain reason and solution, reinstalling the operating system is a fast and good idea.

Tutorial Reinstall Ubuntu Linux Step by Step

It is not difficult to install an Ubuntu-based operating system. In the end, you will agree with me. Let’s go through the steps of this guide and become experts in reinstalling Ubuntu Linux.

1. Make a Backup

In my opinion, forgetting to go on your first date could be compensable but forgetting to make a backup won’t! Although there are just a few reports of facing damaged files after reinstalling Ubuntu, you are recommended to back up your data on an external drive or USB and copy all your important files and data. In this way, you will have the /home directory with your files and settings when you finish the reinstall process.

Tip: Applications that are installed in the system directory, will not be kept during reinstall. So, make sure to back up them.

2. Download Ubuntu

To download your desired Ubuntu version, open the page of official Ubuntu downloads and click the Download button.

Download Ubuntu

3. Use Startup Disk Creator tool to Create live USB in Ubuntu

As we mentioned in the prerequisites section, you will need a 4 GB (or larger) USB drive. To create a live USB in Ubuntu while you still have access to your system, insert the USB into your USB port and find the ”Startup Disk Creator” by typing its name in the search field. Then, follow the below steps one by one:

3-1. Select the target USB drive in the Disk and click the Other… button.

Create live USB

3-2. Next, to let the Live USB be created, select Make Startup Disk button

Make Startup Disk in Ubuntu

3-3. When you are prompted, click Yes, enter the administrator password, and click Authenticate.

Authenticate to write to the device in Ubuntu

3-4. Let the tool finish writing the image to USB. When the installation is finished, you will be aware by an info message. To close the appeared message, click Quit and continue.

Ubuntu Installation complete info message

4. Reinstall Ubuntu

Finally, in the latest step, restart your machine without removing the USB drive. When you are back, enter the BIOS settings to make sure that Removable Devices/USB is at the top of the Boot order list. When you’re all set, save the changes and exit BIOS.

Follow the procedures below to reinstall Ubuntu:

4-1. Once the system is restarted (boots from the live USB), select the Try or Install Ubuntu option in the GNU Grub menu and press Enter as you see below.

Reinstall Ubuntu

4-2. Choose your preferred language on the Welcome screen and select the Install Ubuntu button.

Install Ubuntu

4-3. After choosing your keyboard layout, click Continue.

Choose keyboard layout in Ubuntu

4-4. Depending on the apps you wish to install, select the Normal or Minimal installation type. You can choose to obtain updates while installing and install third-party software for the graphics and Wi-Fi devices by checking the appropriate boxes in the Other options section. Then click Continue.

choose installation type in Ubuntu

4-5. To reinstall Ubuntu and keep personal files, choose the Reinstall Ubuntu option on the Installation type screen. To format the hard drive and install a brand-new Ubuntu instance on the device, select the Erase Ubuntu and reinstall option. To begin the installation, click the Install Now button.

Reinstall Ubuntu process

4-6. After choosing your considered time zone, click Continue. Then, create your favorite username and a strong password and again click Continue.

create user account in Ubuntu

4-7. Permit the installation to be complete. After that, take out the USB drive and start the computer.

That’s that!

When you update Ubuntu, it keeps all the files and settings and installs a higher version. Reinstalling Ubuntu would repair all the problems you are facing due to any reason while it keeps all the configuration and files. Finally, it re-installs itself after fixing problems.


In this article, you learned How to Reinstall Ubuntu Linux to Repair all the Problems. You may face some issues after installing Ubuntu that would easily be eliminated by reinstalling it. It is a good idea to test this solution and then check other ones that require more time and technical knowledge. None of your personal files will be erased during the reinstall.

If you follow the above steps properly then you can smoothly reinstall Ubuntu without any errors. Share with us your experience of reinstalling Ubuntu Linux and the problem that made you test this solution.

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