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Reinstalling Windows....I don't want to lose my files.

I'm having some major problems with Windows XP all of a sudden. I tried repairing it and to no avail. It's slowed to a crawl on start up and it's nearly impossible to delete empty folders. I've decided to just completely reinstall windows xp but I don't want to lose all my files and programs. Is there a way to do that?

I found this article but I wanted to make sure with the experts here that this is indeed the way to go. Thanks,aid,111652,pg,3,00.asp

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also i want to make it clear that i don't mind losing all my programs but i have important documents and files that i dont' want to lose....i just want to make sure that by using this method i won't lose those files in my documents

can someone explain to me how this installation process woudl work? im hesitant to do it until i get a response because i don't understand how i can completely lose all of my windows settings, drivers and program files but keep my documents....unless im wrong about how this process works.

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one more point of clarification

the files that i can't lose are located in my documents within the my pictures, my music and regular documents folders. i want to make absolutely sure that i will not lose all those files if i try this process out

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Make a CD or DVD

of the data you can't afford to loose. It is very easy. Open your CD/DVD burning software and select the folders and files you want to copy. DON'T depend on a certain type of reinstall to spare your information. Chances are, it will be lost or unaccessible once the process completes.

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That should not be a problem....

....if you backup your files regularly. "Backup" do not have to mean using a backup utility. It is simply making a copy(and testing to see if it works) to an external medium, like a CD.

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