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#1 chrisr8089

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Posted 09 May 2007 - 08:08 PM

So, long story short, my version of XP is a jerk. I can't upgrade to SP2. Everytime I try, there's some horrible conflict with something, and my PC will stop running after that.

Basically, what I want to do is somehow move everything (including registry files?) except my c:/windows folder onto a second harddrive. Then wipe the first HDD and reinstall XP.

A. If I move those other files back onto the fresh XP install, will it work?Posted Image
B. If it won't work, is there anyway to reinstall XP without having to reinstall all the other programs and what not?

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Posted 09 May 2007 - 08:13 PM

It dos not work like that. When you install windows you have to reinstall ALL of your programs, you cannot just move them onto the hard drive and expect them to work. Except for .exe programs.
All of you Data files will work just file when you reinstall the programs that activate them.
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Posted 09 May 2007 - 09:58 PM

but if i can transfer the registry and all the files from the Program Files, what would prevent them from working the same way?

is there any way to reinstall xp without having to reinstall all the programs?

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Posted 09 May 2007 - 10:02 PM

I'm afraid not.

What you can do is when u are formatting your PC, do partitioning. Thus, in the future, you can reinstall your OS without affecting other programs.

Correct me if I'm wrong.

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Posted 09 May 2007 - 11:47 PM

The registry is the DNA of the computer and is unique to every computer. Like DNA is unique to every human, some are similar but none are identical. Close is not close enough with the registry. You have to reinstall every program you want on the new install.
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Posted 10 May 2007 - 06:54 AM

Windows assigns a SID (Security Identifier Descriptor) to your Windows installation when it first starts. If you start another Windows installation - you'll have another SID - even if you use the exact same account names, passwords, drive names, etc. As such, it won't work - and that's just one aspect of the problems that you'll face.

Another is that, with the advent of Windows, programs don't just install to the Program Files directory - they install all over your system, to include the Windows directory. And, they establish relationships between these files that will be broken (due to SID, security, ownership, permissions, ACL's, etc) if you move them.
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