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Repairing or re-installing Windows XP without losing programs

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Repairing or re-installing Windows XP without losing programs

jimmuse
I have a Motion Computing tablet that fell backward while running... the hard drive suffered a head crash and wouldn't boot.

We recovered all of the data from the disk (using Linux, no less), and I am now trying to figure out how to re-install windows xp on a new drive and get all of my programs back on without re-installing everything.

We downloaded the files on to the new drive and went through the recovery process (basically a full install) which merely moved all of the existing data to a "new folder". It seems everything is there, but, of course, is not in the registry.

I didn't do the recovery except watch the first screens, but I don't think that I saw anything about importing stuff.

What am I missing (except 60 gb worth of programs)?

Thanks,

Jim
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jimmuse

We went back, reformatted the disk again and reloaded the saved data, then restarted the computer and, lo and behold, it booted right up, retaining everything.

Who the **** knows why it worked, but it did.

Mucho thanks to this group and Google in general.

Jim