Format windows Xp without losing some data

April 26, 2011 at 04:21:41
Specs: Windows XP, 2GB
I want to format computer without losing data for i am having problems with i tunes for in between i had downloaded some softwares by which itunes could not work after uninstalling them itunes started opening bit has stoped interacting with its other software like ultrasn0w so i think somewhere its having a problem for in my laptop its working smoothly. I think by fomating it will do but all the rest documents and software. Thats y i need to format without losing data.
thanx to help.

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#1
April 26, 2011 at 05:34:54
By definition, formatting will erase the drive & prepare it for the installation (or reinstallation) of the operating system. That means ALL data will be lost & all drivers & programs will have to be reinstalled. If you feel going this route is necessary to fix your problem, you will need to copy all your data to a CD, DVD, USB jump drive, external HDD, etc, then copy it back once the OS is reinstalled.

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April 26, 2011 at 19:15:58
But then the registery will also copy thus when i reinstall the problem prevails. i am asking is there any software by which u can extract the important softwares and word documents then after formating installing it

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#3
April 26, 2011 at 19:46:55
mickliq clearly said copy all your data... not the Registry, not the OS, etc. Heed his advice after you read it more closely.

There is no software that can accurately guess where, what, when, how you have saved your data. You ought to know what you want saved and where it is stored. Back it up.

On the other hand, formatting is not a smart solution to the problem at hand. Un-installing iTunes and all related modules and then re-installing might get you closer to the desired results.
OR
... if the "...some softwares by which itunes could not work..." event[s] were fairly recent, a System Restore to a prior date could possibly rescue you from your self-inflicted dilemma.


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April 27, 2011 at 03:36:33
Actually it happened that "some software" were installed before itunes thus restoring it to a point would not do and i have already tryied to reinstall itunes about 6 to 7 times when i got to advance system care was he 1 y itunes was not opening from a forum.

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