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re-install XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by irish_steve, Apr 12, 2004.

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  1. irish_steve

    irish_steve Thread Starter

    Sep 28, 2003

    My xp pro installation is really bloated and unreliable, and I want to reinstall it.

    I have a legitimate copy of XP Pro, and a sony laptop with no recovery disk and no drivers available on the web(believe me I've looked!)

    If I backup my windows folder and "documents and settings" folder onto another hard drive,and do "format c: and then reinstall, will I be able to find all the drivers for graphics etc??

    or should i try an in-place reinstall (does that keep the current drivers installed?

    What about re-activation???

    thanks guys

  2. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator

    Jan 2, 2001
    If Sony does not have drivers for your laptop, then there is no “Guarantee” that xp will have the drivers. Since you are running xp now [and I presume everything is working] there must be drivers somewhere for your laptop.

    If you clean install, then yes you will need to reactivate. If you do a repair install of xp, then you should not have to reactivate.
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