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tazman01

join:2002-02-10
NY

[XPHome] Reinstall questions

I am thinking of doing a reinstall of windows xp. I am having a problem installing a program and am at a dead end so I would like to reinstall windows and see if that helps. The program seems to install fine but when starting the program, I get the windows error message and it closes the program. I installed it as an administrator. The laptop is malware and virus free.

It is an older dell laptop lattitude D600 1.6ghz. It is XP SP3 and is up to date with patches.

My question is reinstalling windows - will it kill any files and folders in the user account folder i.e. c:\documents and setting\myname\my documents

or

does it just reinstall the operating system and leave the user account folder data as is?

I don't want to lose any data, just start with a fresh install of windows.



sbconslt

join:2009-07-28
Los Angeles, CA

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If this is from Windows install media, and often from OEM recovery mechanisms also (but not always), during the install you can choose the level of destructiveness you're looking for.

There will be a screen where you can choose not to wipe out the existing installation, but instead overlay it with a clean install of Windows while maintaining the rest of the drive contents. (As opposed to formatting and installing to an empty volume.)

That being said, two warnings:

1. BACK UP YOUR DATA FIRST ANYWAY. MAKE TWO COPIES AND TEST THEM.

2. You'll have to reinstall applications in most cases because the registry will be overwritten anew, even though the contents of "C:\Program Files" will still technically be present. So prepare for that. Same goes for any customization of Windows settings.
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Scott Brown Consulting



The Pig
I know you want to be me
Premium
join:2009-09-11
reply to tazman01

Try doing a repair install!

How do you perform a reinstallation of Windows XP, sometimes called a repair installation?

Configure your computer to start from the CD-ROM drive. For more information about how to do this, refer to your computer's documentation or contact your computer manufacturer. Then insert your Windows XP Setup CD, and restart your computer.
1. When the Press any key to boot from CD message is displayed on your screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.
2. Press ENTER when you see the message To setup Windows XP now, and then press ENTER displayed on the Welcome to Setup screen.
3. Do not choose the option to press R to use the Recovery Console.
4. In the Windows XP Licensing Agreement, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.
5. Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.
6. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Setup.



Barbara Ann
Premium,MVM
join:2000-10-17
reply to tazman01

If your Anti-Virus program has an exclusion zone, I would add this program to it and then see if you can run it.


OZO
Premium
join:2003-01-17
kudos:2
reply to tazman01

said by tazman01:

I don't want to lose any data, just start with a fresh install of windows.

The simplest (and the right) solution is - backup all your personal data, make fresh install of the OS and then restore your data back.

And BTW, there is a difference between initial format options that you'll see when you try to install fresh OS. Full format and quick format. First will remove all files and make installation actually fresh, while the latter may leave a mess of some old files in the new installation (and I don't think anyone wants that)... So, be careful with that option.
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Keep it simple, it'll become complex by itself...


sbconslt

join:2009-07-28
Los Angeles, CA

OZO See Profile is correct: the preferential way, for performance, stability and security, is to back out your data, reinstall clean and restore your data and applications. But, it can be more work. Or less, it depends.
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Scott Brown Consulting



tazman01

join:2002-02-10
NY

Thanks for the help. More trouble than it is worth. I am able to borrow a laptop from a family member and the program I need to use for a week or two runs fine so it saves me the trouble of trying to get it to run on this 6 year old laptop.