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private_ryan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-20-04 03:51 PM
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if I reinstall win XP (home), will I lose my settings
e-mails etc. ? I'm getting a reinstall user.exe error. did chkdsk /r until it came back clean (3 times) but had no luck.
Can't use restore and a lot of other programs.
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thecrow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-20-04 03:55 PM
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1. No...
not if you choose to migrate your settings. It will just install the OS over the old one. But to be safe, you might try backing up your email settings by exporting them to a different drive.
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IronLionZion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-20-04 03:59 PM
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2. Save your setting to CD
I think XP's migration tool will do that. Just in case
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IronLionZion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-20-04 03:59 PM
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4. and I would recommend a clean install
rather than an upgrade or any other type of install. reformat the drive
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private_ryan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-20-04 04:03 PM
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5. that doesn't work
Edited on Sat Mar-20-04 04:04 PM by private_ryan
"An error occurred while the wizard was starting.
To close this wizard, click Finish."

can I just copy that file user.exe to /win.../sys/.. like in Win 98 over? I searched, but couldn't find it on the CD...
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Don_G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-20-04 03:59 PM
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3. If It Were Me
I would do a clean install by taking advantage of the "format" option. You should save your e-mail settings to another disk along with what files you can transfer safely.
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Gman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-20-04 04:05 PM
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6. For reinstallation you will get the option to "repair an installation"
This will basicly reinstall Windows and you will lose nothing.
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private_ryan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-20-04 04:09 PM
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8. I might do that, copy the stuff and then format it
thank you
n/t
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historian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-20-04 04:07 PM
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7. hard drive disk
go the website of your hard drive manufacturer and get their format disk - do a low level format - takes a long time but the disk will be completely clear - it will only have zeros on it (puters run on 0 and 1) then reinstall.
As for your email settings right click on one of your contacts, select properties and see where it is filed - the you can go and copy the entire thing. If that doesnt work copy addresses by hand but a real format is probably necessary.'

good luck
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private_ryan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-21-04 03:13 PM
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9. formated everythign. finally I'm back
can I save the old e-mail messages? if so, how do I go about it? Cut and paste the inbox.xx etc? They're on the second drive...before I formated I saved all I could. They're raw files, I couldn't use the transfer settings thing.

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