Not sure if this is possible.
Can I backup just some programs like Imgburn, Speccy,
Paragon, Partition Wizard etc
without backing up the whole drive. Then do a
clean instal of
Win7 and recover them afterwards or do I have to start afresh.
It is booting from the CD but just wont work, it just goes to the start up repair option which I now cant stop even though I have taken out the disc. So I cant access W7 at all, not even safe mode, I am now using XP on the same PC if that means anything. I have tried recovery from a backup and failed to get that to work either. If I have to format it which it looks like I will can I use the format option on another system disc like XP or can I format it from within XP. At one point i did get the error 0x80070017.
Thanks for the suggestions. I am reluctant to format it just yet as I want to ensure that I have a working backup first, one of which seems to be running now but takes a bit of time. From FruitBats link I tried using the command prompt but when I tried CD \windows\system32\config the path could not be found. Assuming that this back up works I will start afresh.
"Do you not back everything to a external HDD from both your dual boot operating systems?"
Yes I do but I didn't explain very well. When the W7 drive that I wanted to do the clean instal on got "stuck in the loop"
I thought I would restore it from a backup then start again when I could access it.
Recovery from the backup drive was successful, it was 3wks old. Seems to have solved a lot of the problems I was having also so I will leave the clean instal for now until I am in the mood for another few hours of needless aggravation.
Thanks for your support.
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