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#1 merellogalasso

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Posted 02 October 2007 - 08:21 PM

Sorry if I was repeating but I got an advice at starting for a lost *.dll file after I performed a cleaning with a very well known web cleaner. Together the PC started to function generically bad: abnormal size of icons and windows, failure of applications, etc. My concrete question is: Can I straightly install XP again without danger as was possible with 98, or is it different. Technicians arround here, appart of really expensive, even when they back the hard disk content, usually restore a monstruous new hard disk that's impossible to manage towards a best order of folders and files. In the internet, many people say that's possible but one of them gives such a complex way that makes me to doubt. I have runned every cleaner that's known with no radical improvement. Itís almost obvious that it's necessary to install XP again but I do not want severe troubles or losts. Many thanks everybody.
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Posted 02 October 2007 - 08:31 PM

As long as you still have the product key for the CD, the actual install CD itself, the drivers for all your devices and you back up ALL important files, (don't try to back up programs, as they make changes to the registry and will stop working if you try to paste them back into the new installation), you should be fine.. Once you do this, just put the CD in the drive, reboot the PC, and follow the instructions to perform a clean install.

Edited by madman6510, 02 October 2007 - 08:32 PM.


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Posted 02 October 2007 - 08:53 PM

I believe that you're referring to an inplace upgrade of Windows (where the Windows files are copied back into their location on the hard drive from the CD). This works with XP and Vista - it's just different terms that are used.

Generally this is referred to as a repair install and you can find instructions on it here: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
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