Win XP Home Reinstall - Use of winnt32.exe

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July 23, 2009 at 11:21:12
Specs: Windows Vista
In a closed post "Reinstall Win XP witout Losing Data" of 26 Nov 02, Brian Ribnall stated:
Name: Brian Rignall
Date: November 26, 2002 at 18:32:44 Pacific
If you need to reinstall WindowsXP and want to keep all your current installed applications and settings:
Start WindowsXP
Go to the location of your source files [this is the I386 folder on CD-ROM or a copy you may have made to the Hard Disk].
Run WINNT32 /unattend
I've often need to do this to repair something that had gotten corrupted and didn't want to do a clean install.

I have tried this on my desktop(Win XP Home V 2002, SP3, Intel Pentiem 4, 2.4 GHz, 1 GB RAM) but the warning is that, becasue the CD version (SP1) os older that my current Win XP Home SP3, current settings cannot be retained. Please advise me of a good description of the complete process to reinstall Win XP to SP3, while preserving my current applications and settings.
I have a long-outstanding serious problem with only being able to access very few websites, despite both Windows Network Connections and my Network Magic pro 5 showing that interconnectivity through my cable modem ( is OK. I have tried a great many potential solutions, as recommended by Experts Exchange members, all without success. I suspect a corrupt Microsoft communications-related file, but I have no means. apparently, of discovering which file (or files) might be involved. Before having to exercise the extreme solution of reformatting my C:\ drive and reinstalling all of my programs, I consider that reinstalling Win XP to SP3 may work.
Appreciatively, Bruce Morris

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July 23, 2009 at 11:58:27
google slipsteaming xp cd which is what you want to do to bring your sp1 version up to sp3

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July 23, 2009 at 12:22:04
Yup, use nLite to slipstream SP3 into your XP installation files (you'll need to burn a new CD), then do a "repair installation"

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July 24, 2009 at 17:33:02
Thought I'd submit my experience with this procedure to correct numerous problems. I had an SP2 slipstreamed disk (which I had used at the original installation) and followed the repair install procedure outlined. There were a couple of places where some care was needed. At the first "boot from CD" hit a key right away; don't let the dots run on. But, at the second "boot from CD" don't hit a key and do let the dots run on. And at the very end, when the computer is about to restart, quickly remove the Cd so it won't be in the loop.

Oh, you do have to enter the product key and the whole thing is quite time consuming. Neglecting to follow the above resulted in unnecessary multiple passes. But, in the end I was pleasantly surprised and the computer now works fine.

Thanks to the posters ... RIS

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July 24, 2009 at 18:03:55
Thanks RIS. I will await my attempt to follow the recommended process until I purchase a slipstreamed Win XP Home SP3 CD-ROM. I have failed miserably every time that I have tried to create one from my Win XP SP1 CD-ROM.
Appreciatively, Bruce

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