Re-installing XP PRO

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gene2004

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I have lost the ability to connect with optonline.net. I think in adding or deleting certain programs it may have affected XP PRO. I would like to re-install the operating system which initially did not have SP2, but when I try to do that it does not allow it . Is there a Windows XP PRO with SP2 available?

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You can probably create a new connection to fix the issue with Optonline . . or try a repair install. .

This is a good guide to performing a repair install

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm


If you decide to reinstall XP . . do it right . . prior to installing, enter BIOS ( Setup ) and make sure the CD/ROM the first boot device. Put your XP Disc in the drive and disconnect all external peripherals except the keyboard
and mouse, and be sure those are not USB.

Once you set your BIOS to boot first from cd . . when it restarts you will see a black screen with a prompt "Press any key to boot from cd" . . do that and you will be able to delete partitions and recreate the ones you want and proceed to formating and installing XP

That message can pass quickly, so have a finger on the keyboard when you boot. This will delete all data on the drive so be sure you have your important data backed up. If you want to save your files and settings, you can use the XP Files and Settings Transfer (FAST) wizard to create an image of them and save to cd or other removable media. This is a good guide to using the FAST wizard

http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sg_fstw.asp

This is a good guide to reinstalling XP . . you might want to print it for reference during the install.

http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sg_clean.asp

as is this: http://www.doverproductions.com

You will have to reload drivers and applications, After the installation, you will need to download and install the MicroSoft Critical Updates. Alternately, this would be a good time to install SP-2, while windows is clean. Prior to connecting to the internet be sure you enable the XP firewall.

Good luck . . wrs
 
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