I also want to say that this article exceptional IMHO, maybe more convenient ways, but so do I, actually, this way satisfied. In the future there will be such as utility https://wiki.ubuntu.com/OneConf but while it’s not now, I use in a way which will describe below.
I’ve split this article into five main steps.
Just in case I do this
Than use that two commands:
To save the List of installed programs, use the already installed in Mint utility Backup Tool. (actually, you can use the Package Manager but it is at your discretion)
It’s simple, run utility, select the Backup Software Selection, specify any folder in Your user folder, and click Apply.
2. Next, we need the program Y PPA Manager.
Do the same, save in the same folder of the user.
Everything else is already in your user folder.
Step Two. Reinstalling.
Next, you need to know your options if your hard disk was not divided, then you will have somewhere to copy your user folder, it is very time consuming, perhaps there are a lot of movies and so on, what to do with them is your business. I always when installing, I split a partition on sections in the following order:
Swap – double the size of your RAM memory (to sleep mode to work properly and not only)
/root 15-25 Gb ext4
/home – rest (there are folder of our user) ext4
Many gurus make partitions such as /boot or something like that, but trust me, most importantly that there was /home partition then nothing will not need to copy, then everything is easy.
So, we presume that the /home partition into separate logical or physical disk.
1. Now boot from the LiveCD Linux.
Before we start to install a new Linux, we need to rename the folder the old user. Some advise to install into the same folder, but I don’t really agree with this. The thing is that if you set in the old folder of the user that there may be inconsistencies in the original UID of the user in the old system and the UID of the user in the new. Possible still some bugs, not sure, maybe they wouldn’t have. But I do as I see fit, if you want to experiment but then must leave feedback in the comments about what’s still you got))))
2. Now, rename the old user.
To do this, mount your partition where is your home directory.
Now open the directory on behalf of root administrator and go back to the root of the drive.
Here we see our partitions on the hard disk, on which I have spoken above. Where the inscription of Linux mint Petra is a root partition.
Now we need to specify where to install the new system, Swap, we don’t touch. We need to specify Where to put the /root and /home partition. /root necessary to format, but /home NO IN ANY CASE!!!
Check all visually and Click Install Now.
Next indicate any region and language. Next, Specify the username, password, and enter whether automatically to the desktop without a password or not. I entered the same user that I had previously, in order to avoid possible problems. Click ‘ Continue‘.
4. Wait till the end of the installation and reboot into the new system, and This is not all!
Step Three. Restore repositories and programs.
1. Making the system of up-to-date. Just in case the command execution
2. Install the program Y PPA Manager.
The restoring Repository from the old user folder
Wait until popup notification that the restored repository
3. Run the command in terminal :
4. Install our software. Run Backup Tool
And click Restore Software. Select a file to restore in the old user folder. And restore your programs, that can then be removed if you want
Wait for the installation.
This tutorial is perfect if you reinstall the same version of the distribution. If you decide to install a newer version of the distribution, then, in STEP FOUR, you don’t have to copy all the contents of the folder of the old user!!! You should do this selectively, without affecting the system settings. Copy only the folders with the settings needed programs.
1. Boot from the LiveCD Linux.
Then select all the folders and files within OLD, then click cut and paste into the folder for the new user.
Now empty folder OLD, you can safely delete.
Then unmount the partition
3. Reboot the system
4. After the system boots up, just in case, run commands:
That’s all. Personally I’ve always reinstall without any problems the same and I wish to You!