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Sometimes circumstances arise, leading to the need for a fresh, clean start on your server instance. The guide below will show you how to rebuild your Windows server. This guide can also be used if you decide you'd like to switch from one version of Windows Server to another.
By following this guide, you'll be completely erasing everything on your VPS. Before proceeding any further, please be certain that you have a snapshot backup of any data you might need and that it's securely stored somewhere!
Step One: Login to your client area and navigate through to the Cloud Portal
Step Two: On the resulting page, click through the Servers Drop down menu to the Instances tab to manage your existing server instances:
Step Three: Select the VPS you'd like to rebuild by clicking on Actions -> Advanced.
Step Four: Click on the blue Actions drop-down menu, and then choose Reinstall.
Step Five: From here, you will choose the OS you wish to reinstall with. With Windows Server, you can change the drop-down to the specific version of Windows Server that you would like to use.
Step Six: It will start wiping the virtual hard drive and installing the default Windows image you chose above. This shouldn't take more than 15 minutes to rebuild. The cloud portal will keep you updated as it goes through the Reinstallation process.
Step Seven: Once the process has finished, you will be resent an email that will contain the login credentials to access the server via RDP.
If you should have any questions or would like assistance, please contact us through Live Chat or by submitting a ticket with our Technical Support team.
Written by Hostwinds Team / June 5, 2021
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