Re-install Windows???

  Antz 16:38 06 May 2007

At what point should I decide to do a full re-installation of Windows XP Home SP2. The list is as follows.

a/IE7 will not install......had to install Firefox 2.0 instead.

b/Windows Media Player 11 is losing library content requiring system restores.

c/Ocassional wobblers such as USB Hubs complaining about lack of power....sometimes requiring re-boots.

D/ File association issues.

E/ And now, BSOD complaining about SCSI drivers or something like that.

If I have to re-install this will be the third time in 12 months. I am a heavy user but I always keep drivers and updates up to spec. so this is really a pain in the butt.What about'continuous improvement'? It is still fairly easy to completely mess up a modern P.C.

P.S My system is

Fujitsu Siemens Scaleo P
3.0 GHz HP Socket 478 P4
1GB Ram
nVidia Geforce FX6600 AGPx8 Graphics 256MB
Western Digital 160GB IDE HDD
Western Digital 40GB IDE HDD
Creative Sound Blaster 24bit PCI 7.1 Card


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:14 06 May 2007

Repair XP

OPTION 1 - Repair XP by replacing corrupt files

sfc /scannow

in the run box, press enter and let system file checker find and replace missing / corrupt file in windows and explorer.This will take awhile to complete and you may be asked for the CD to be in the drive if windows is not preinstalled on the hard drive.

sfc /scannow problems
click here

OPTION 2 - Repair XP by install over the top of existing systm

1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.

2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.

To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install , press ENTER.

DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console).

4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.

5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.

6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.

Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears.

Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

Repair XP
click here

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