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#1 reg


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Posted 22 November 2007 - 02:09 PM

Hi sorry I am not very good with pc. I need to do a reinstall of windows on my pc. How do I backup what I have on my pc settings etc, and also all the updates I have installed since buying it. Can anyone give me straight forward answer as not very technicaly minded. I am running windows XP service pack2, Intel pentium4 with 3 ghz and 2gb ram. I also have an external hard drive if I could backup to this. Thanks in anticipation Reg

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 02:24 PM

You can't backup program files as they won't reinstall nicely. You can't backup the operating system files for the same reason.

But, you can backup updates if you saved them to begin with. If not, then they're like program files (since you don't have the installer program with them).

So, you can backup your files/data by copying them to your external hard drive. You can also backup some of your settings (like your browser and email client) - but we'll have to know which one's that you use in order to help out.
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Posted 22 November 2007 - 03:19 PM

You could always use a program like Acronis True Image to do a backup of the entire system...and then import/export data files from that to your new install, at your convenience.

That's pretty much the way I approach it.

OTOH, if the reason that you feel a clean install is necessary...is because of malware of any sort...it's probably not a good approach.

Bottom line: You will have to reinstall all applications and you will have to visit the WinUpdate site for at least close to 100 updates which are critical to system security.

Backing Up to External Hard Drives -

Backup Options - http://www.onecomputerguy.com/install/backup.htm

Inside Outlook Express - Files and Settings - The OE Store Folder - http://www.insideoe.com/files/store.htm

The Windows Address Book and your Favorites are 2 other items that you will want to backup, if you do this piecemeal.


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