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Can I reformat my hard drive and keep the operating system itact?
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In reply to: can i reformat and keep operating system intact

By definition a format removes the operating system and all files.

If you have restore media or a restore feature that could avoid the formatting.

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Reintalling OS

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I have a 6 year old laptop running XP it is so corrupted t takes forever to boot up with many attempts to load some crap, I want to reinstall the OS but it keeps coming back to the same state.
How do I fix it if not a reformat? Will Reinstalling a fresh copy of the OS will erase all the files??

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Repair Install?

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If you have the genuine holographed XP Setup CD, then you could attempt a repair install. Link below tells how;

But heed their warnings, and also I would try to copy off all 'important to you' files, like documents,photos, videos and such before attempting it, as the repair install is not 100% guaranteed.

Have you tried the long-winded manual way to improve performance? eg;

1] Reduce Startup files to the bare minimum using XP's MSCONFIG.

2] Ensure the firewall is on and active, and that your anti-virus is up to date and scans frequently.

3] No other malware is allowed.

4] Uninstall all unwanted and unused applications.

5] Use a recognised and benign 'temp file' cleaner like Piriform's free CCleaner to clean all the junk files out.

6] Use Firefox, or any other non-IE based browser, instead of IE.

7] Keep the system up to date with Windows Updates.

Cool Clean out the dust and grunge from inside the case. Not easy with a laptop but Bob's Sticky thread holds some good advice about that.

That's for starters.


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New Q: Will Reinstalling a fresh copy of the OS will erase

In reply to: Reintalling OS

"Will Reinstalling a fresh copy of the OS will erase all the files??"

That depends. Restore media usually wipes out the old files and returns the machine to its factory condition.

A "full retail XP CD" from Microsoft COULD erase all files depending on its use but even with care it should erase many files.

-> Let's cover a scenario that folk lose their files on a "XP REPAIR INSTALL." The owner follows the usual XP REPAIR INSTALL instruction and when asked for the user name they supply the name they had before.

POOF. All the user's files vanish.

The moderators have a favorite saying. "We only lose what we don't backup."

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