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Big problem involving partition/XP install..


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#1 ldiablo233

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Posted 11 October 2008 - 07:10 PM

I'm not sure how it happened but I turned the pc on after my dad was on and when it logged on it had the windows classic taskbar. The drivers for the modem and audio card where somehow uninstalled and all system restores where gone. Windows where freezing easily or would take a long time to pop up, even the msconfig window froze when I would click apply. I proceded to reinstall windows and not format since I have files I want to keep. It said it would delete the old windows files and install new ones and keep my files. Now I have a new setup of XP with my old XP username files still there, but I don't know how to get back to the log in screen for those usernames. Biggest problem is not being able to get to the files because there password protected. I have gotten around this with administrator once before and gained access to a passworded folder but I'm not sure how I did and would rather not have to set everything up again. Last time I reinstalled windows I did it the same way and it just came up with the same log in screen with the old usernames and all the settings where the same, This time it asked me to make new screen names and I did, not sure if I would've been able to just click continue.


I only have one partition so I'm wondering how can I go back to those old usernames?

If not how do I set the access for the folders so I can copy over the files?

Also how do I adjust my screen from lagging when I scroll, if I remember correctly its set like that when you first install?

If its possible to uninstall this XP, how do I do it?

Edited by ldiablo233, 11 October 2008 - 07:27 PM.


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Posted 11 October 2008 - 07:28 PM

If its possible to uninstall this XP, how do I do it?

Do you have a XP cd or a set of repair disks that came with your computer?
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Posted 11 October 2008 - 07:43 PM

The reinstall XP disk that is specific for this Dell pc.

EDIT:I gained access to my protected folder so I am able to copy all files over if needed but would really like to get back to the old usernames.

And if I do unistall this XP(being its the only one on my drive) and I'm left with no OS will my files for the users still be installed on my C: drive?

Perhaps I installed the new XP onto fat32 rather the NFTS? how do I choose?

Edited by ldiablo233, 11 October 2008 - 08:25 PM.


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Posted 12 October 2008 - 04:44 AM

Personally I would burn your Data onto CD/DVDs before doing another thing, unless the Data is expendable? You are playing around with Fire at the moment with your System, so a Back Up is needed just in case!

FAT32 and NTFS are not compatible on the same partition. It depends on which system was Formated on it? Install will not alter it, only a reformat.

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Posted 12 October 2008 - 06:40 AM

There are several different ways to reinstall Windows:
a - Repair Install (replaces Windows files only)
b - Parallel Install (installs another copy on the same drive) - NOT RECOMMENDED
c - Format and install (wipes out everything and starts over fresh)

As Abacus_7 states, I would first backup your stuff so you don't lose it. This is always a good idea and helps when a drive crashes and you lose 3 years worth of work (to include your wedding photos) - yep, I did that! :thumbsup:

If you "uninstall" Windows - that'll usually remove the contents of the entire drive. This depends on how you uninstall it.

But, you can just create new accounts to get the usernames that you want and transfer the data over to the new accounts. Then you can delete the present account(s) - BUT DO NOT DELETE the built in Administrator account!!!
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