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#1 Bonneville

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Posted 10 May 2005 - 03:34 PM

Could someone please help !.
I have acquired a second ,older computer that currently has installed on it XP with SP 2..The program is corrupt and I wish to uninstall it and install a newer version. Question, how do I un- install? I have looked everywhere for the un-install windows icon but cannot find any clues to its whereabouts.Can someone please give me guidance as to how to go about this operation.
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Posted 10 May 2005 - 03:57 PM

Start>control panel>add/remove programs
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Posted 10 May 2005 - 04:04 PM

What program are you talking about? Or, do you want to format and start over with a fresh install of XP.

Edited by Joshuacat, 10 May 2005 - 04:05 PM.

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Posted 10 May 2005 - 04:05 PM

Thanks Gunner, but where in the add remove programs can I find Xp, the only mention is Service pack 2 ?.
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Posted 10 May 2005 - 04:08 PM

Some more info from the web:How do I uninstall Windows?

Intended For
Windows XP
Windows 2000
Windows Me
Windows 98

If you've installed Windows 98, Me, 2000, or XP over an older version of Windows, you may be able to uninstall it using Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel. Unfortunately, the uninstall feature typically doesn't work or leaves the computer in an unusable state.
Since some new versions of Windows install new file systems, in addition to replacing most, if not all the program and support files, it is recommended that you simply reformat your hard disk in order to completely remove whatever version of Windows you've just installed.

Hint: if you're about to install a new version of Windows, it's a great idea to do a full backup of every file on your hard disk before you actually perform the upgrade. Check this out: http://www.qualitypc.net/formatting_hard_drive.htm
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Posted 10 May 2005 - 04:10 PM

Hiya Joshuacat,
Yes I want to uninstall and start over again with a fresh version.
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Posted 10 May 2005 - 04:24 PM

Make sure you have all software/licenses that you require.
Boot up the XP installation CD, when it gets to the Figure 6(below) - delete the partition. Continue through the steps.
XP Install

As gunner said, all programs and data that is presently on the computer will be deleted.
If you have never done this before, you may want to have someone close by that can help you.

My steps are not in detail, and there are more obstacles that could occur for the inexperienced installer.

Good-Luck,

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Posted 10 May 2005 - 04:28 PM

Might want to look at this:Method 1: Remove Windows XP SP2 by using the Add or Remove Programs tool in Control Panel
1. Click Start, click Run, type appwiz.cpl in the Open box, and then click OK.
2. In the list of currently installed programs, click Windows XP SP2, and then click Remove.
3. Click Next, and then follow the instructions that are displayed on the screen to remove Windows XP SP2.

Method 2: Remove Windows XP SP2 by using the Spuninst.exe command-line command
To do this:1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
2. At the command prompt, type the following lines. Press ENTER after each line.
cd %Windir%\$NtServicePackUninstall$\Spuninst
spuninst.exe
3. Follow the instructions to remove Windows XP SP2
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Posted 10 May 2005 - 04:32 PM

One more note: as joshuacat said, if you have not done this, get assistance. There are many pitfalls.
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Posted 10 May 2005 - 04:41 PM

:thumbsup: Many many thanks for the information and relevant links.
I will set aside a few hours on Wednesday and delve into these murky events.
If I dont get back within say, 2weeks, perhaps I may have got lost inside the computer whilst sorting it all out.
Once again, my thanks.
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Posted 11 May 2005 - 08:22 PM

Let us know how you made out.



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Posted 12 May 2005 - 07:51 AM

Before you start this endeavor - examine which Win XP cd you have.

Is it a full retail installation?
Is it an "Upgrade" purchased at retail?
Is it an OEM full installation?
Is it a "restore disc" provided by the original computer manufacturer?

Do you have the "key" that Microsoft will demand to validate?

Edited by Enthusiast, 12 May 2005 - 07:51 AM.





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