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Backing up and clean reinstall Vista Home


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#1 rwswan

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Posted 01 November 2010 - 11:20 PM

G'day,
New member here.
Have been looking around but can't seem to find a step by step method that exactly suits what I need to know. All the answers I find seem to start getting contradictory. Am hoping this forum can supply me with something definitive, and to which I can contribute as I learn my way forward.
I have a Vista Home Premium OS and I'm starting to get the blue screen of death, plus its getting really, really, really slow. Can find any viruses but I would like to do a completely new re-install.
However don't want to lose all my personal data, and want to retain all my existing computer settings including email, web brower, program keys and so on.
Vista Home doesn't do a complete backup. Am thinking of trying the installed Windows Easy Transfer and send/copy everything over to a 1.5 Tb Seagate USB hard drive.
I'm a bit uncertain that If I do that, then do a completely fres reinstall of windows, will I be able to get back everything as it was WITHOUT the original corruptions. Logic tells me I should, but ..... but .....?
Do I take the plunge??

Cheers,
Russ :huh:

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 12:33 PM

Copy everything from the c:\user\username to another directory. and you should be good.

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 09:15 PM

Okay. Thanks. Will give it a go then.

Russ

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 02:01 AM

Hi again,

Downloaded a Vista Repair Disk and started it up. Clicked on the Install Windows button and entered in the Product ID. Then got an error message saying it "Cannot open D:\Sources\Install.wim", and that it does not exist. Also got an error code of 0x80070002. My recovery partition is on the C drive. What can I do next?

Cheers,'
Russ




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