Reinstalling XP - preparations

  MRMC 22:38 16 Apr 2008


Although I keep my (old) XP system running fairly cleanly and efficiently, it is now getting a bit creaky. Time for a full reinstall?

If I were to do so, what backups etc should I do to ensure I can retain all the settings and applications etc that I like without resetting and/or downloading everything all over again?

I regularly back-up to a second HDD all the documents in each user's Documents and Settings folder in the C drive. Presumably I can just copy across all the documents to the new, empty folders in my reinstalled version of XP - but how do I reapply the various settings?

Is there is a recognised checklist of items to back-up prior to a reinstall?

Is it OK/usual to back-up all such files to a second HDD that is contained in the PC case and connected to the system HDD?

I also use the Windows Backup application to save the System State onto the second HDD. Is that needed at all after the reinstall, or is that backup only for recovering a system meltdown?

Any other reinstall tips..?!

Thank you!!


  Stuartli 22:44 16 Apr 2008

Why not just undertake an XP Repair?

This will/should retain all your programs, applications, configuration etc.


click here

for a guide.

Make sure you choose Repair and NOT Recovery Console.

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