the hard drive with the fresh install of XP but the programs will all have to be re-installed as any dlls belonging to the program that the original instllation of the application wrote to the system32 directory will be missing as will any registry entries written to the registry during the program's installation and configuration.
Sorry, but the only workable "shortcut" to avoid re-installing everything is to create drive images when everything is just as yopu like it and after every installation of new applications and service packs, patches, etc. Acronis True Image is a good tool for doing that.
Friends: I have a laptop with XP Home edition OS.
six months ago it trashed and I couldnt get it back to work. I tried different forms to replace the MBR.. or Boot sector but nothing worked.Then with a Recovery program Spotmau, I could get "into" the hard drive and I saw all the programs intact. Then using this Spotmau
program I copied all the laptop hard drive to a USB hard drive. I have all the programs there. Now, using the Product Recovery CD Rom from the company who made the laptop, I installed it. Now I have again the laptop working good as it was the first time, but without
my favorite programs.
But now my question is this. I want to copy all the programs that are
copied in the USB hard drive to the laptop and ERASE all that I have
right now working okay. My thinking is that if the MBR or BOOT sectors were damaged, the reinstallation put them right, okay? Then
if I copy all the information that was before there, and that looks good,then I will have again my laptop working as it was then before it trashed. Is that right?
If this procedure is NOT correct, what will all of you recommend to
me? I am in this dilemma.
Please forgive me the wrong syntax in my writing. I am still learning english. Thank you