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#1 Frost29

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Posted 25 October 2008 - 06:40 AM

Hi, could anybody tell me, what the steps to reformat and save all my data or to recover all my data and settings after reformatting are? Thanks.
I have windows xp and a laptop gateway by the way.

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Posted 25 October 2008 - 06:52 AM

To save all your data you'll have to copy it to something removable - either CD/DVD's or an external hard drive.
If you're not able to get into Windows this will be a bit more difficult.

As for reformatting, here's a link on how to do it: http://www.theeldergeek.com/clean_installa..._windows_xp.htm
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Posted 25 October 2008 - 07:29 AM

To save all your data you'll have to copy it to something removable - either CD/DVD's or an external hard drive.
If you're not able to get into Windows this will be a bit more difficult.

As for reformatting, here's a link on how to do it: http://www.theeldergeek.com/clean_installa..._windows_xp.htm

Ok, and how do i save all my data and programs on a cd?

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Posted 25 October 2008 - 08:20 AM

First of all, can you boot into windows or not? If so, Copying your data is no big deal, WINXP has built in cd\dvd writing support, so just put in the blank disc, and open it in my computer. Then you can just drag and drop files into that folder, then hit burn once its filled to capacity. Or if you have a usb flash drive, plug it in, and its basically the same process.

If you cannot get into windows, its a harder process, with different options. As far as saving your programs, i would suggest just making a list of them, then either reinstalling the software from their respective discs, or downloading them from the internet after you complete your reinstall. If you just copy program files, the will not play nice with the new installation, as they will not be entered in the registry, as well as other issues you may incur.




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