Solved Save settings before a clean install

January 30, 2013 at 01:50:59
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium 4 and 1.5gb

I need to do a clean install but wonder if I should save old settings. Wouldn't I just be imorting the problems back into the machine. If you recommend it then which are the most important ones and please describe where to find them and how to save them on another disk. I see in my Belarc report there are 10's of KB security updates. Do I need to save those as I've heard before they are sometimes the main culprit in making a machine go sluggish. Your advice will be appreciated.

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#1
January 30, 2013 at 04:22:18
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" Wouldn't I just be imorting the problems back into the machine"
Yep.

As long as you have all your important stuff ( Including your emails & address book ) backed up, you are better off doing a clean install.

Make sure when you reinstall, you delete ALL partitions & format to NTFS.
D to Delete the selected partition ( XP )
http://www.blackviper.com/os-instal...

Here are some examples of why you delete all partitions.
http://forums.spybot.info/showthrea...
http://forums.whatthetech.com/index...
http://blog.eset.com/2011/10/18/tdl...


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#2
January 30, 2013 at 11:06:19

Although it is true that there has been the odd buggy update over the years, I believe they are few and far between. When MS are eventually convinced they usually get updated. For that reason I believe that all updates (including SP3) should be downloaded after a full format and re-install.

When you have re-installed, got all your updates and programs the way you want them, take a look at these howto's about XP security:
http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...
http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#3
January 30, 2013 at 12:30:43

Thanks Johnw and Derek. I think I should just do a clean install.

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