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Reinstalling Windows Xp


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#1 bankspbs9

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 05:30 PM

If I wanted to use the reinstallation disk that came with my computer to reinstall Windows on my computer over again what would that do to anything that I currently have on the computer? Would I lose everything?

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 05:51 PM

Yes, everything would be wiped out if you do a clean install of Windows. You need to back-up anything you don't want to lose. Back-up can be to a cd, a secondary hard drive if you have one, or a flash drive.
If you use an email client for email access, back-up any messages you want to save and the address book as these will be lost.

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 10:42 AM

Thanks for the info Queen-Evie. I hope starting everything over cures my computer problems...

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 07:33 PM

Sometimes you can do a "repair install" which will leave all your data behind while installing a fresh version of Windows. Unfortunately, it won't remove malware, either. If I were going to do a repair install, I would back up everything I want to keep because it could all go wrong.

Some programs must be installed separately. Many programs can be broken when doing a repair install, but your data should, in theory, remain intact.

Since there are only two kinds of hard drives, those that have died and those that will die, it's a good idea to keep backup copies of everything you want to keep, which includes your files, pictures, etc, and your favorites from your browser.

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 12:39 PM

Thanks Herk & Evie.

I tried to reinstall a Windows Home edition to replace the Windows profession edition on my computer, and it wouldn't let me. Something about a partition is too small and that Windows is already installed on the other larger partition. The computer warned me against trying to reinstall on that particular partition. (whatever that means.)

Another question. What does it mean when you computer keeps poppin up .exe errors everytime you turn on the computer? I get lots of different types of these and I can't figure out what's wrong.

I've been having these types of issues on my system for some time now. It started with the computer rejecting the adapter I was using to access the internet. It worked for a long time then started acting up. Any help/ideas is appreciated as I need my computer back up before my grad classes start back in Aug.....

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 06:09 PM

I'd suggest that, when running the installer, you let it format your drive (and destroy the old XP installation) before it installs the new one. This should prevent the errors that you're speaking about. Here's a link for a clean install: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html
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