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Accessing Program Files

By galehickey2 ·
I had trouble accessing the internet and was told that my XP was possibly corrupt. Had run CHKDSK,etc. Reinstalled XP over my existing installation and it worked out fine. As far as the internet goes.Under
"DOCUMENTS and SETTINGS" I have two screen names-the original and a variation of the original.Problem is I cannot access none of my program files. A message comes up to reinstall prgrams. I know the problem is in XP signing on to the new screen name. Any help.

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by TheChas In reply to Accessing Program Files

Sorry, XP does not retain the registry like Windows 98 did when you re-install it over itself.

Not only do you need to re-install your application software to get it to function, you also need to re-install ALL XP updates.

When you re-install XP to the same folder, the installer wipes out the system registry and ALL updated files.

If you have a problem where you believe the "fix" is to re-install XP, run the recovery console, or perform a repair from add / remove programs.

Chas

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