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So my girlfriend got her hands on my computer and now windows is screwed. Anyways windows can not load because vgaoem.fon file is missing or currupt. I have tried to repair it through the recovery console with no luck. I am goiong to attempt to pull the hard drive, put it into another computer and copy the file from a CD to the \\system directory.

My question is this, if I can't get this to work (replace the file), can I reinstall windows ontop of the old instalation, without formating, and save the information on the drive? After I do that I could use a registry backup and pretty much restore the entire system. That way I dont have to reinstall windows and all my apps again.

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So my girlfriend got her hands on my computer and now windows is screwed. Anyways windows can not load because vgaoem.fon file is missing or currupt. I have tried to repair it through the recovery console with no luck. I am goiong to attempt to pull the hard drive, put it into another computer and copy the file from a CD to the \\system directory.

My question is this, if I can't get this to work (replace the file), can I reinstall windows ontop of the old instalation, without formating, and save the information on the drive? After I do that I could use a registry backup and pretty much restore the entire system. That way I dont have to reinstall windows and all my apps again.

Thanks
just do a reinjstall but when it asks you if you want to repair it (through recovery console) say no -- it will then detect if there are any previous versions of windows installed-- when it finds your installation select that one -- and then repair. it will kepp all your settings and files but will reinstall the windows system files over the old ones.
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^^^ If I do that will it revert to all the default settings? Like if I were to go to Start>My Programs would it be empty?
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^^^ If I do that will it revert to all the default settings? Like if I were to go to Start>My Programs would it be empty?
Nope, that's why it's called a "repair install", and not a "format install" lol
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That went on my buddy's old maxtor 40gb hard drive too..i simply tried reformatting, figured it was a simple corruption or sometihng..turned out the entire drive was bad :<
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When you take the drive and put it in another computer just grab her data then. After that you are good to go for a format and reinstall.
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When you take the drive and put it in another computer just grab her data then. After that you are good to go for a format and reinstall.
Yeah, I'm really not worried about loosing any data, as I have everything backed up to an external HD anyways. I'm just lazy I guess. I dont want to have to reinstall everything and configure windows to my liking agin.
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