I have instructions from About.com for reinstalling Windows XP from the CD.
Their instructions are actually pretty good, simple enough and complete enough for the most part. However, they don't seem to be for Windows XP Professional. They seem to be for Windows XP Home. And there seems to be one step to do with XP Home that I'm not sure how to do with XP Professional. Let me explain.
To reinstall Windows XP I understand to start with booting from the Windows XP (Professional) CD. At the 'Welcome to Setup' screen, press Enter. The R (repair) option takes you to the Recovery Module, which is useful if Windows won't boot, but it's no help with a reinstallation(which is what I'm attempting to do). Soon you'll be told that there's already a Windows installation on the computer. Press r for a repair reinstall or Esc to begin a complete, distructive one (which is what I'll be doing). For a complete restore, (then after pressing Esc (my insertion)) select your C: partition and press Enter. When you get the worning that
an operating system is on that partition, press c. When you are asked your partition preference, select "Leave the current file system intact (no changes)".
When you're told that a Windows folder already exists, press l ('ell') to delete it
and creat a new one. Follow the series of prompts. When the installation program
ask for your name, enter "temp". (I take it that I'll be setting up a temporary account because my present accounts will be wipped out in the reinstallation. If yo want to afferm that that would be fine.)
Once the installation is complete, your system will reboot into Windows, and you'll be logged on as user Temp. If the screen is diffecult to read, reinstall your graphics card driver. (Now if someone could explain to me how to reinstall a graphics card I'd appreciate that just in case I'll need to do that).
Reopen Windows Explorer. Select your C: drive (I take it that they mean go
to programs through run here). Right click in the right pain and select New, Folder. (Just select a New folder). Name the new folder oldstuff. In the left pain,
choose the Documents and Settings folder. It should have subfolders for each user from the previous install, plus one for Temp (that I just put in I take it) and a few others. Move the folders for your previous user names to oldstuff.
(This is where I throw up the flags and call penalty on play. This is where I assume he's talking about XP Home because XP Professional does not have any user names here. I am the only one using this computer but not even my name is here. There are two regular folders here, 'all users' and 'd'. And there are three hidden folders here, 'default user', 'LocalService' and 'NetworkService'. Nothing else what so ever. So I do not know what folders I should be moving to 'oldstuff' -
'all users', 'd' and (hidden folder) 'default user'? Anyone that can enlighten me as to what I should be doing at this point I'd really greatly appreciate it. Thanks and read on if you need a little more info to figure out how to answer my questions.).
Select Start, Control Panel, User Accounts. Create an account for each user who was registered before the reinstall. Be sure to use the exact names. They are the same names as the folders you just moved to 'oldstuff'. (That would just be me, but there are going to be no folders there with my name on them!!!??? So this come to the exact same question that I just asked, what folders would go into 'oldstuff'?). In Windows XP at least one user must have administrative privileges. (That would be me).
Log off and back on as each user (that would be just me), before logging back on as Temp. Make sure you select Log Off and not Switch Users at Windows XP's
Log Off dial box.
Log on as Temp, select start, All Programs, Accessories, Command Prompt, type xcopy c:\oldstuff\*.*"c:\documents and settings"/s/h/r/c, and press enter.
Press a when asked if you want to overwrite a file. Log off Tempand log on to each restored account to make sure everyone's documents are where they belong. Log on as an administator and run Control Panel's User Accounts applet again to remove the user Temp.
(Of course I understand this last paragraph to be the command to put the user files back in the same contexts as they were before the reinstall. Only it comes to the same question, there wont be anything in oldstuff for me with Windows XP Professioal because there is nothing under Applications and Settings now for me to put in oldstuff, no??? So same question. If someone can clearify this for me, please!!!)
Now you have Windows going but not much else. You may have to reinstall your printer, sound card, and so on. You'll have to reinstall your applications to reintroduce them to Windows. Some of their settings will not be affected by the reinstall, but those that were stored in the Registry were wiped out.
Once your Internet connection is running again browse to Windows Updates and download all critical updates for your version. Then visit the sites of your hardware vendors to update your drivers.
Ect. That's about it.
So hopefully someone with some familiarity in total reinstallation can help me out here, I hope!!! The question(s) as stated throughout the text.
I was given the suggestion by my ISP to get this done before they upgrades my DSL to the next quickest DSL speed which will be in a couple of days to three. So whom ever would know what to do here asap would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
PS Please forgive any spelling errors. I can't access through some links on pages
because I need to reinstall MS's Internet Explorer to get that to work again properly. ie., I need to do this reinstall to get things to work properly.
Edited by Johnz414, 06 March 2005 - 06:30 PM.