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Reinstalling Windows XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Timone, Sep 3, 2004.

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  1. Timone

    Timone Thread Starter

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    If you were having problems in Windows 98 you could reinstall over the top without losing your installed programs, drivers, and settings, etc.

    Can the same be done with Windows XP?
    If so what options do i select during setup?

    Thanks,
    Timone
     
  2. Elvandil

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    All you do is boot from the CD. When it asks if you want to repair and to press "R", don't. Continue with the installation just like you were installing for the first time.

    You will then get a license agreement and it will ask you to press F8 to agree. Right after that screen, you will see a list of Windows installations that setup found. It will ask if you want to repair it. Read the directions on that page!!!

    Then, you will actually press "R" this time and XP will re-install.

    When done, you will be back to your familiar desktop with everything looking just like it did before. But all your Windows Updates are gone and you will need to get those again.

    If you have any problems booting from CD, set the CD to boot earlier then the hard drive in BIOS setup, or come back for more help.
     
  3. Timone

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    What about programs that are installed, such as Microsoft Office, Simply etc.
    Will they remain installed.

    And thanks for the quick response, this site is wonderful....

    Thanks again,
    Timone
     
  4. Elvandil

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    Yes, all your programs will be intact. Only a few settings you have made may change, such as the size of the pagefile, etc.

    My graphice driver needs to be re-installed each time I do one of these.

    You can back up all your drivers with this:

    http://users.adelphia.net/~abraxas/dl/WDBack.exe
     
  5. Timone

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    Thanks Elvandil
     
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