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Thread: if i was to, reinstall windows

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    TheRealDave's Avatar †Problem child
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    would i need to backup all my installed programs, documents etc or would my installed programs, documents etc all be ok?

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    Ime everythings OK except folder options & reinstalling of Messenger & Outlook. That is if I choose Upgrade. If I choose fresh install EVERYTHINGS lost!

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    Yeah , i reinstalled windows , because my computer kept on have an error when i started it, and when reinstalled it files on my computer where lost , except the ones that where preintalled when i got the computer.

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    If you do a Repair install
    it will keep your Personal files - however all your programs in Program Files will tend to still be there but not shortcutted to startmenu, and wiped from the uninstall menu - its messy. cause it windows replaces all the files in C:\windows and program files - thus the registry - hence alot of conections go haywire- but not for items in My Documents etc

    If you Reinstall-itll wipe eveything - hence it is better to Format your hardrive first - just to get a really clean start (even though with some Undelete programs you can still manage to retrieve "formatted" files)

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    There are 3 ways of installing windows:

    Repair Install - This will reinstall critical system files, leaving settings and non-system files unthouched. So music, programs, etc. are not affected in any way.

    Install Without Formatting - This will reinstall critical system file and wipe out the registry to that of a brand new install. Personal settings will be lost, but no files are erased. I wouldn't recommend this type of install unless Repair doesn't work and files haven't been backed up.

    Install with Formatting - This is obvious. The partition is wiped clean and all files installed anew. This is the best way to install windows.


    If you were to reinstall windows, I recommend saving all your important files to a seperate partition/drive or CDr/DVDr's. Then format and install windows. It's the best way to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Supernatural
    Repair Install - This will reinstall critical system files, leaving settings and non-system files unthouched. So music, programs, etc. are not affected in any way.
    Ive done that on several occasions and many of my programs have lost their references.....is it me or....?

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    Repair install also has that effect on my PC. Each time I have to create new references in the start menu. As you say, Zed, the programs are still there, they're just not linked into the start menu anymore.

    However, it's never cut and dried. A few programs are untouched and have working links in the start menu and others still have the link in the menu but the link doesn't work anymore. The majority just disappear from there but remain in the c:/program files folder. It seems to be quiet arbitrary to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Supernatural
    If you were to reinstall windows, I recommend saving all your important files to a seperate partition/drive or CDr/DVDr's. Then format and install windows. It's the best way to go.
    Agreed, this is the best way to go, Then when you have everything reinstalled I would do a ghost image of your drive or partition, using Norton Ghost, or that Acronis thingy that someone keeps harping on about

    Then next time Windows gets sick, you just pop your Ghost image disk in, and 10 - 20mins later your computer is back to when it was when you created the image

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    I don't recommend images, as Windows images get outdated very fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Supernatural
    I don't recommend images, as Windows images get outdated very fast.

    Well then slipstream sp2 install , go from there!

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