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How do I reinstall Windows XP without losing my installed apps?

post #1 of 12
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Sometimes when swapping motherboards, or if someting goes awry, you can reinstall Windows without losing your installed applications.

1. Start by placing your XP cd in the optical drive.

2. Reboot and make sure you are booting from CD.

3. Once Windows Setup is finished loading drivers and asks if you want to "Enter = Install Windows", "F3 = Quit Setup", or "R = Repair" you press Enter.

4. Next is the lovely EULA (End User License Agreement), read if you like then press F8.

5. After the EULA, Setup searchs for previous versions of Windows.
If you are using a XP Home disc, it will only find a previous Home install, and the same goes with XP Professional.

6. When it finds your install, you have the option to press Esc to a normal intall, F3 to quit setup, or R to Repair. Press R at this screen.

7. Here begins what appears to be a normal installation, have no fear, you won't lose any data outside of a standard Windows install.
This part is self-explanatory.

8. Yay! You're done when the install is done.
Just reactivate and fix your personal settings.
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post #2 of 12
Really? What have I been missing out on! Also, the first "R" option is Recovery Console (which is the equivalent of XPs NTFS-based DOS).
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post #3 of 12
I dont like repairs. Some things dont work too well after that. (For me at least)
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post #4 of 12
good info..could help someone. Altho a full re-install is always preferable.
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post #5 of 12
i was also considering installing XP Pro cuz i dont like XP home for gaming at all
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post #6 of 12
repairs suck....i always have 2 reinstall software ne way but its a great option if windows becomes unstable and u need 2 recover work.!!!
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post #7 of 12
good info
but when I do a repain, my start menu is empty, an sometimes the registry is empty of all my programs values and I haev to reinstall all of them

every now and again, the "make windows pretty" crap doesnt install
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post #8 of 12
"6. When it finds your install, you have the option to press Esc to a normal intall, F3 to quit setup, or R to Repair. Press R at this screen."

I instead of that its asking what partion I want to instal it on
I have 3 options enter=instal D=delete partion f3=quit
What should I do?
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post #9 of 12
man ive done a few repairs in the past few months
and each time, the start menu was empty, as well as the add/remove programs,
but the program data was still there lol
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post #10 of 12
technically you are not reinstalling windows are you really, your just repairing it, which is just fixing any windows errors which you may have hence why it says "repair" if you have no errors you aint fixing anything.

not a very good FAQ.
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