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Retaining Old Settings on New Install


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CKramer

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Ok, so, basically, my computer seems to have become a bit... burdened recently, probably suffering from the weight of spyware or somesuch. Anyway, to fix this, I usually just take Windows and reinstall a new OS, which has never failed to fix the problems. However, I'd like to retain some settings, like the My Documents folder, my network settings, the list of installed programs, and the installed drivers.

How do I go about doing this?
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I pretty sure thats one of the options on the OS cd. It will ask which install you want, one of them will have the option to keep current files and settings.
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You can use this guide to repair XP

Possibly, you will need to press the start button and keep tapping the delete key, (possibly F2) until the PC enters set up. Change the boot order to CD ROM Drive then hard drive, press F10 then press enter, load the XP CD then type Y then press enter, as it reboots, look for press any key to load from CD, press enter

You will need your XP product key to complete this

If you have audio / video files which are subject to DRM you should check with the provider for known issues with performing an XP repair install


XP Repair Install

Windows XP repair feature won't delete your data, installed programs, personal information, or settings. It just repairs the operating system

After running XP Repair you will need to install all Windows Updates

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