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Golfpak2001

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Hey guys--A friend is having some problems with his puter and wants to re-install XP. Will the re-install delete all the files? He has programs that he wishes to keep. How does he go about doing this?

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If he deletes partitions and formats the drive, all data on that drive will be lost . . which is what you want to happen to perform a clean install to get rid of "stuff" . . He can back up his data and/or use the XP Files and Settings Transfer wizard, programs will have to be reinstalled.

These are good guides to reinstalling XP . . you might want to print one for reference during the install.

http://www.socrtwo.info/cleanxpinstall.htm
http://www.theeldergeek.com/xp_home_install_-_graphic.htm

This is a good guide to using the FAST wizard. Just be sure you have an up-to-date antivirus before you re-instate them!

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

He could do a Repair Installation, which should not touch files or programs . . but if his files are improtant to him, he'd better back them up anyway.

This is a good guide to performing a repair install

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

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He just wants to re-install over the existing OS. He has some corrupt files and stuff and he thinks that doing a re-install will fix these files. He doesn't want to reformat if he doesn't need to. Does he just need to backup the files and programs he wants? Or is there more to it?

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That would be a Repair Installation . . No need to back up programs . . . if his data is important, he should back it up to be safe.
 
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http://www.onecomputerguy.com/windowsxp_tips.htm#repair

If XP is corrupted, you can do a Repair Install that might work as well as keep the current settings.

Make sure you have your valid WindowsXP key.

The whole process takes about half an hour depending on your computer

If you are being prompted for the administrator's password, you need to choose the 2nd repair option, not the first.

Insert and boot from your WindowsXP CD
At the second R=Repair option, press the R key
This will start the repair
Press F8 for I Agree at the Licensing Agreement
Press R when the directory where WindowsXP is installed is shown. Typically this is C:\WINDOWS
It will then check the C: drive and start copying files
It will automatically reboot when needed. Keep the CD in the drive.
You will then see the graphic part of the repair that is like during a normal install of XP (Collecting Information, Dynamic Update, Preparing Installation, Installing Windows, Finalizing Installation)
When prompted, click on the Next button
When prompted, enter your XP key
Normally you will want to keep the same Workgroup or Domain name
The computer will reboot
Then you will have the same screens as a normal XP Install
Activate if you want (usually a good idea)
Register if you want (but not necessary)
Finish
At this point you should be able to log in with any existing accounts.
 
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"How does the repair installation work?"

Didn't look at the link I gave did ya? . .
 

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Thanks Bob. This won't delete any files the he wants to keep? Should he do a backup just in case?
 

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simpswr said:
"How does the repair installation work?"

Didn't look at the link I gave did ya? . .
Yes I did, but I just want to be sure that his files and programs he needs don't get deleted cause he'll get pretty mad if that happens :eek:
 
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I generally like to do a backup any any important files even when trying a repair install. Nothing is foolproof and it shouldn't take that much extra time just to be safe.
 
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