What's the difference between installing Endless OS and reformatting with Endless OS?

There are two ways you can put Endless OS onto your PC:

  1. Install Endless OS alongside Windows: this is also known as a dual-boot installation. This lets you keep using your existing Windows applications and files, and just reboot your computer to switch between Windows and Endless OS. It's easy to install this way: just download and run the Endless Installer for Windows, click a few buttons, and reboot. It's also easy to uninstall Endless OS, returning your computer to its original, Windows-only state.
  2. Reformat your PC with Endless OS: this deletes any existing operating system and data on your PC, replacing it with Endless OS. This is a more advanced process, which involves creating a USB stick and booting your PC from it; since the steps to boot from USB vary on different PCs, it's difficult to offer clear instructions. Any data not backed up before you reformat your PC with Endless OS is permanently erased; to return to your previous operating system in the future, you would need to reinstall it from scratch.

Many other operating systems use the term “Install” to mean both “dual-boot with an existing operating system” and “overwrite any existing operating system and data”. At Endless, we have chosen to use the term “Reformat” for the second method, to emphasize that it is a more advanced, destructive process that overwrites all your existing data and applications.

(Note that dual-booting Endless OS with an OS other than Windows is not currently supported.)

 

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