Back up

  campal 20:27 06 Oct 2009

I am having problems with xp and i am going to format and re-install. I do not want to put back all my programmes individually, how do i back them up to cd or dvd?

  Technotiger 20:58 06 Oct 2009

Perhaps if you could explain the problems, we might be able to help, and avoid a format/reinstall?

  Technotiger 21:10 06 Oct 2009

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  campal 21:11 06 Oct 2009

i rebooted xp and ended up with 3 copies on boot up. Only 1 will actually boot,so i thought i would format and re-install to start afresh

  Eric10 21:12 06 Oct 2009

You can't backup just the programs so you need to either try to repair Windows as Technotiger suggests or bite the bullet and do it the hard way.
There is software available to backup a complete drive with the OS, drivers, programs and data. It's too late to do that when the OS is in trouble but you may want to consider it for the future.

  Terry Brown 21:19 06 Oct 2009

If you have not already formatted your machine, there may be a better way.

Goto RUN type in MSCONFIG



This shoud leave you with one path.

You could (if you feel brave enough) manually edit the Boot.ini file.

Find it by looking in system & Hidden files, and open in Notepad-- Not Word or Wordpad.

On the unwanted lines use the single speech mark '(same key as @)before the first character on the line, to prevent them running

  Technotiger 21:31 06 Oct 2009
  campal 22:03 06 Oct 2009

That has sorted the boot problem, but i now have 2 copies of windows in my programmes taking up valuable space and i cannot delete 1, any ideas?

  Technotiger 22:04 06 Oct 2009

Did you read through my link?

  campal 22:17 06 Oct 2009

yes i read the link and now it straight away boots without showing 3 copies, but i still have 2 copies of windows in my programmes and i cannot delete 1, as i said i do not want 2 and need the space

  woodchip 22:24 06 Oct 2009

You cannot backup Loaded Programs, these may be lost if Preinstalled. Only way to backup Programs is at the Same Time as You backup the Operating System all done when the Computer is running as it should using Acronis True Image

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