install win xp without losing data

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December 9, 2010 at 07:07:33
Specs: Windows XP, 2GB
Is there anyway to reinstall winxp without losing data?
Is this win xp installation as reliable as formatting the hard drive and then installing win xp?

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#1
December 9, 2010 at 08:12:42
why you want to re-install the OS ?
If the reason is Virus/Infection then formating is better, IF any corruption of OS files etc then go for Repair option.

As a third option you can install XP on other drive (NOT C:) or if none of these suits you then go for re-installtion on same drive. It will not delete any data but clear all the windows files.You may loose Documents and settings so copy it before proceeding.

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December 9, 2010 at 10:07:35
The reason is that there is a virus. So I guess I shoud go with formatting the drive. Otherwise, the virus might still be there after reinstalling.
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December 9, 2010 at 11:17:51
reinstalling xp without losing data is called a repair install of xp. It refreshes the system files and registry entries that may have been corrupted by the virus.

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#4
December 9, 2010 at 16:05:21
I'd consider Microsoft's suggestion to perform a ntbackup with system state. Then install xp as clean new format. Then apply the restore of ntbackup.

There is a small difference between system state and not and you may wish to choose which suites you.

Not sure you do need to do all of that. Some repair and other fixes like sfc.exe may help.

One of the problems with XP and other Windows is if you have malware or other data issues they can be replicated in any restore. They may not be corrected on repairs either.

I tend to simply do a full install from all my original disks. It always seems to work and always makes the system new and fast again.

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#5
December 10, 2010 at 02:48:43
Use one of the bootable Linux CD's (e.g. Knoppix) to access your files in order to move them to another drive or burn to CD/DVD.

Don't format the partition, delete it and create a new one. The format utility on the XP install disk has a habit of leaving traces of data behind (possibly even remnants of your virus).

Now you can do a clean install of XP.

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