reinstall vista without losing data

May 30, 2009 at 06:23:48
Specs: Windows Vista, quad core/3gb
i have a dell vista thats a couple years old
i have "dell reinstallation dvd windows 32bit windows vista home premium " disc

i installed to vista sp 1 when it came out. everything was fine. months after that my computer got messed up a while ago. for some reason i couldnt install certain updates after i got messed up i tried to fix things, it got almost back to normal but i couldnt install certain updates.

i tried to install vista SP2 a few days ago when it came out., i couldnt do it. i tried to uninstall sp1 and then reinstall it ,but during the uninstall, sp1 only was removed halfway. now when i try to reinstall sp1, it says sp1 is already installed.
but when i try to install sp2, it says sp1 needs to be installed first

i tried to use a registry cleaner and i removed important data.. now i lost my main profile( windows considers it corrupt)( i copied most of the settings from that profile to another but still its hard to install things. and i still cant install vista sp2

i tried system restore no avail.

is there any way to reinstall vista using this disc without losing any programs ( meaning i dont want to wipe my computer clean and start all over if i can help it)

i know i will probably need to do a full restore of vista and start all over aftr backing up files, but for now i want to know my options that i have.
can anyone help me?

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May 30, 2009 at 06:38:30
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