"Refresh" Linux Mint while keeping work files? [solved]

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XP-refugee
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"Refresh" Linux Mint while keeping work files? [solved]

Post by XP-refugee » Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:59 pm

I started using LM about 8 months ago.
Most of it works well.
My HP printer does not.
I do not know what programs I have installed trying to fix this that work sometimes and which programs i have installed that don't work at all.
I would like to start from scratch.
I am a low-medium-tech-skilled user.
I can follow a recipe.
If there are very simple errors in the recipe I might recognize them. Or maybe not.

I'd like to remove everything except my work folders/files and reinstall LM 18.3 Sylvia (64 bit) with Mate desktop.
Where can I find recipe style instructions on how to do that?

Or will it be easier transfering work folders/files off the computer and then doing a clean install?
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Re: "Refresh" Linux Mint while keeping work files?

Post by tgwilt » Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:30 am

here is what I have done in similar circumstances.

1. purchase 2 USB memory sticks.
2. Copy the folders that have important documents to one of these USB sticks, or to a backup drive if you have that.
3. Download the image file for the version of Linux Mint that you wish to install. Using Disk Image Writer, write the .iso file to the other USB stick or to a CD Rom, your choice.
4. Boot from the USB or CD that contains Linux Mint.
5. Install
6 Check to see if your printer is found and working.
7 Copy the folders from the 1st USB stick to you /home directory (maybe to the Documents folder.

I use both Timeshift and APTIK GTK to backup my system and homedir. Those programs ave saved me on more than one occasion. YMMV, as some users swear by the programs, and some swear at them. They have always worked for me.

HTH,
Tom

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Re: "Refresh" Linux Mint while keeping work files?

Post by kevin987 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:39 am

XP-refugee, the above post is good, but if you can't use a USB stick, then use DVD, not CD.
Linux Mint 19.1 (Cinnamon)
LMDE 3 (Cinnamon)
GeckoLinux 150 (Cinnamon)

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Re: "Refresh" Linux Mint while keeping work files? [solved]

Post by XP-refugee » Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:51 am

Thanks to both Tom and Kevin.

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