Definition of reinstall in English:


(British reinstal)


  • 1 Place or fix (equipment or machinery) in position again.

    • ‘Please can something be done to reinstall this extremely important telephone in the library entrance.’
    • ‘The Parish Council has been trying to get the road resurfaced and street lighting reinstalled for four years.’
    • ‘Its former home, an arts and craft style house built in 1912, has been renovated and the contents reinstalled.’
    • ‘When reinstalling your wheels, adjusting the bolts properly is important to a good spinning wheel.’
    • ‘The fuel filter on the engine-driven fuel pump wasn't reinstalled properly after maintenance.’
    • ‘The Asian and Oceanic sections were reinstalled, as were the Byzantine and medieval collections.’
    • ‘Actually, it is not the old flag mast, now covered in gold, that is being reinstalled, but a new one.’
    • ‘These locally made pieces have recently been reinstalled in fifteen entirely renovated galleries encompassing some eighteen thousand square feet.’
    • ‘Planners say the statue will be reinstalled in 2007 at a spot not far from the current one.’
    • ‘Workers reinstalled phone lines and windows in Mr Arafat's office.’
    • ‘The wall itself was given to the school on the condition that it would be accessible to the local community and the school has met the costs of having the equipment reinstalled there.’
    • ‘The spokeswoman said that after the first power cut on December 12, a decision was made to take the opportunity to upgrade the power supply rather than just reinstall similar equipment.’
    • ‘Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.’
    • ‘The electronic security system was reinstalled.’
    • ‘A curator reinstalling a museum's permanent collection must consider two questions: first, how to impress regular visitors with a new display of familiar material, and second, how to wow first-timers.’
    • ‘We're starting to reinstall our Egyptian Galleries.’
    • ‘I have some experience on the floors but I've been hesitant to do the bathrooms as I do not know the proper procedure for reinstalling the toilets.’
    • ‘What's happening today is the Army Corps of Engineers is reinstalling those massive metal sheets between the 17th Street Canal and Lake Pontchartrain.’
    • ‘One of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's most visible pieces of history returned to its rightful place March 9 as crews began reinstalling the famous ‘Yard of Bricks’ at the start/finish line.’
    • ‘The guest rooms remain on the middle and top floors; the service rooms and kitchens have been reinstalled on the ground floor.’
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    1. 1.1Install (computer software) again.
      ‘I reinstalled the program’
      • ‘Older solutions require you to fix your hardware and then reinstall the operating system, then install your backup software, then install your applications and then install each data file to the repaired hardware.’
      • ‘The packing slip, complete with a full list of components, is a good thing to have on file in case you ever need to reinstall software.’
      • ‘Often the problem can be cured by uninstalling the software and then reinstalling it.’
      • ‘I have tried to reinstall the software for the CD burner, but it hasn't helped.’
      • ‘Instead he loudly and very confidently instructed me to uninstall, reboot and reinstall the software, then reboot again and call back if it still doesn't work.’
      • ‘I mean when was the last time you went to a user's desktop and reinstalled their machine because their registry was full?’
      • ‘I deleted and reinstalled my firewall but it didn't help.’
      • ‘I then restored the backup and reinstalled my software.’
      • ‘Once it's uninstalled, you can reinstall the software in hopes of removing the error message.’
      • ‘The only cure is to reformat the disk and reinstall the operating system.’
      • ‘It made life easier to remove the power supply first, fit the motherboard and then reinstall the power supply.’
      • ‘Now that we're finished setting the cables up, it's time to reinstall the motherboard.’
      • ‘It's incredibly wasteful to spend a week or more reinstalling a computer's operating system and applications because of a few modified files.’
      • ‘The most reliable way to sanitize a computer is to wipe the hard disk clean and then reinstall its operating system from scratch.’
      • ‘I reinstalled the operating system.’
      • ‘Depending on the amount of data, a server with applications, settings, and data can often be recovered in less time than it would take to reinstall the operating system alone.’
      • ‘The operating system must be reinstalled, along with all of the necessary support packs and server applications.’
      • ‘At worst, he will have lost a couple of years of e-mails and accounts, and will have to reinstall all the software onto his spare machine before he can start working again.’
      • ‘If the same version of the software is reinstalled on the same computer, no new license is required.’
      • ‘Someone even has emptied my computer and reinstalled all programmes new and still it won't recognise the scanner anymore.’


  • An act of reinstalling something, especially software.

    ‘try performing a “clean” reinstall of your system software’
    • ‘Primarily, the software handles operating system reinstalls and hardware configuration on its own.’
    • ‘In fact, the damage was so severe, a reinstall of Windows was required.’
    • ‘After about an hour, we began to experience issues with reboots, and it became so bad that a reinstall of Windows was required.’
    • ‘In fact, a reinstall of the OS was required, as various system files became corrupted.’
    • ‘When I do a reinstall, there is often a ton of Windows updates I need to download, regardless of which Windows Operating System I'm working with.’
    • ‘I was able to begin some benchmarking at 222FSB, but as soon as SiSoft started up, we had a system crash serious enough to force a reinstall of Windows.’
    • ‘Those using leaked keys will be needing a new one, and if lockouts are implemented in the shipping product then they'll also face the inconvenience of a reinstall.’
    • ‘Note that neither of these two options are guaranteed to work, but, if they do, it beats the alternative, which is a reinstall.’
    • ‘Obviously, a reinstall of an OS will warrant a reactivation.’
    • ‘Before actually going ahead and doing the reinstall it is advisable to back up any and all of your data and device drivers as a format will wipe out all your data on the drive.’
    • ‘I can follow directions from most technicians, and know better than to just assume that it always needs the reinstall to fix errors.’
    • ‘Those scores will vary a bit from today's, due to a reinstall of my OS recently, but the comparison is pretty accurate between the old and new detonators.’