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How to Change the Operating System of VPS
How to Change the Operating System of VPS

Changing the OS template for your VPS in Hostinger

Updated over a week ago

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.

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.

Change Your Operating System

To change your current OS template for a different one, navigate to the VPS section of your hPanel and choose the server:

You will reach the VPS dashboard. Expand the OS & Panel section on the sidebar and select Operating System. There, you will find the options to change your operating system:

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 were already using, you can reinstall it. 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 it previously had.

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