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Add Programs To Start Menu From Old Installation Of Windows Xp


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#1 metspiction

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 07:37 PM

Hello,
I have a laptop that is running Windows XP home edition. I was trying to dual boot Windows Server edition 2003, and in the process of installation, I royally messed up just about everything. I got the error at startup saying that "ntoskrnl.exe" was corrupted, and I had to reinstall windows. After reinstalling it, I noticed that all of my programs and documents weren't formatted like i thought they would be. I've backed up all my documents, but I can't re-incorporate all the old programs into the 'new' version of windows. Is this possible to do?

Alternatively, is there an easy way to fix the 'old' version of windows and somehow delete the new one?

Thanks.

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 07:51 PM

Hi metspiction, welcome to BC! :thumbsup:

and I had to reinstall windows.

Which version did you reinstall, Server or XP?

After reinstalling it, I noticed that all of my programs and documents weren't formatted like i thought they would be.

Could you elaborate on that? Do you mean they won't open, they're not associated with the right programs, or something else altogether?

I've backed up all my documents, but I can't re-incorporate all the old programs into the 'new' version of windows. Is this possible to do?

Programs will need to be reinstalled after reinstalling Windows. It's the only practical way, unfortunately.

Alternatively, is there an easy way to fix the 'old' version of windows and somehow delete the new one?


Perhaps. The question is: is it worth it to fix it? If you have all your data already backed up, you may find a fresh install to be the best course of action.

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 07:56 PM

That is what I was thinking. I reinstalled Windows XP, and some programs would open, but many gave error messages that they had to be reinstalled. It probably isn't worth it to try and figure out how to fix the old version, so I think I'm going to just start over, 100% fresh.




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