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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

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    Hello,

    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

    steve
     
  2. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator

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    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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