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#1 tsquic

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 04:00 PM

I recently had a fight with Internet Defender and was sucessful in removing it along with the trojan that installed it. Now since that occurance, I find that I can't open the "Add/remove programs" on control panel. I have tried multiple fixes including "SFC /scannow" to no avail. I now want to try to reinstall XP home with out reformatting the hard drive.

I have the instructions on how to reinstall XP but I wanted to know which files should I back up. I thought I recall reading that files in the shared folder will get erased along with the some other files. Does anyone know which files I should back up before I attempt to reinstall XP?

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 04:57 PM

Really anything you don't want tp lose. My Documents, Address Book Bookmarks or Favorites. I remember recently reading if you're using I.E.7 to remove it and go back to version 6 or you won't be able to use I.E.7 after a repair install. There is also a known problem with Windows Updates after a Repair Install. If that happens there is a fix
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Posted 09 December 2007 - 07:32 AM

In general, in XP, you can backup the Documents and Settings folder and you'll save everything that you've got. But, that results in a lot of stuff saved that you don't need. You won't need to backup the Default User profile, nor any of the various services profiles. The All Users profile contains the Shared Documents, Pictures, Music, etc.

Some programs will point to other areas (email clients are the most common) and it'll pay to double check your profile location if you're using an alternative browser (such as Firefox/Opera/etc). So it'd help if you scanned the contents for your C: drive (and others) by using Windows Explorer.
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