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How to Change the Operating System for Your VPS
How to Change the Operating System for Your VPS
Changing the OS template for VPS at Hostinger
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When you first activate your VPS order right after purchase, you get the option to choose the VPS operating system (OS). If you want to change the OS template for an already active order, you can do so in a few clicks via hPanel.

Changing or reinstalling the operating system on your VPS will permanently delete all your current data. Make sure to download a backup via FTP beforehand if you wish to keep your information.

Once you're ready to change your OS, navigate to the VPS dashboard and choose the server to which you want to apply changes to:

The select VPS option on hPanel

Next, select Operating System on the sidebar:

The Operating System option on the VPS management section

There, you will find the Change Your Operating System section:

The available options to change the VPS operating system

Choose the one that suits your needs the most:

  • OS with Control Panel - easier to use, especially for beginners

  • Plain OS - option suits advanced users and users who wish to install a custom panel manually

  • Applications - these are Ubuntu-based templates that include the automatic installation of applications such as Django, Drupal, Joomla, WordPress, and more

After selecting a template from the drop-down list, a brief description will appear. To apply the newly selected template, click on Change OS.

Reinstall Your Operating System

If you wish to start your VPS from scratch with the same OS and panel, you can use the reinstall option. Just scroll down to the Reinstall your Operating System section on the same page and click on Reinstall:

The Reinstall Operating System button

Clicking on Reinstall will remove all the current data and rebuild the VPS with the same OS and panel as it was previously installed.

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