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Old 01-24-08, 11:23 PM
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Had to reinstall XP...still have all old programs in Program Files...can't use?

So I had to reinstall XP tonight. While I lost all my pictures, videos, etc., all the old Program Files data is still there (e.g., Office, Palm Desktop, etc.)

But, I can't use any of them.

So they're setting there, taking up space on the computer, not doing jack.

Did I screw something up?

Thanks\!
Old 01-25-08, 12:42 AM
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You'll need to reinstall the said software to get it up and going again, or use a recovery disc if you have one. When you did the XP reinstall, you also wiped out the registry. That's where the important software info usually resides.
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If you are sure you lost all important data on the hard drive it would be a good idea at this point to reformat and reinstall XP fresh, if you are going to have to reinstall all the software anyway.
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Nifty03, I thought that's what I was doing.

Maybe I didn't...maybe I just overwrote Windows and not the entire C-drive.

How can I reformat and reinstall XP fresh?
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You would have to boot off the XP CD and format the disk from there, I'm sorry I don't remember the exact sequence.
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You old files might still be there, go to "C:\Documents and Settings\" and look for your old username.

If you've already backed up the files you need and want to do a format/fresh install, you have to reboot the machine and boot from the XP install CD. Here's a guide for that:
http://lifehacker.com/software/windo...tch-157578.php
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One thing to also consider when doing a fresh install (e.g. formatting the partition). If your XP disc is the upgrade version, be sure that you have an old Windows 98/ME/2000 CD handy. It does this merely to check to see if you "qualify" to use the upgrade.
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Thanks for all the tips. I formatted and re-installed, and everything is great. Better than the way it was before!
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Does anyone here format and re-install on a regular basis, just as a routine, not because it is absolutely needed? Windows certainly gets itself all cluttered up over time, and no amount of program removals or registry cleaners seem to put things 100% "right".

I used to read about people doing this all the time back in the 95/98/ME days, but don't really "stay in the game" as much anymore to know if this is still done.
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It's night and day for me. Before I formatted/reinstalled, my computer was slooooooooooooooooooooooooooow. Now it's lightning fast.

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