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    reinstall XP over XP without losing anything other than windows settings?

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    by claire_pnd ·

    i have an ibm t30 laptop
    when i shut the lid the laptop restarts. it has been doing it for a few months now so a system restore is to late.
    is there any way i can reinstall xp over the top of xp so i can keep all my installed files and programs?

    i know i will loose stuff like windows updates, but will it keep emails, my documents and favs?

    please help with shut down or power issue?

    ps i have had a play with the power settings in control pannel and bios, but to no luck,

    please help

    thanks

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      Re-install XP over XP

      by f_r_elson ·

      In reply to reinstall XP over XP without losing anything other than windows settings?

      you can use the repair facility within XP which will retain your settings, apps etc.

      Boot from the CD-ROM and follow instructions as if you were going to re-install XP from scratch. Ignore the prompt to repair using Recovery Console option. Eventually you will get a screen showing the current installation of windows and a prompt to press R to repair the current installation.

      Windows will then re-enumerate devices etc and looks as if it is re-installing but it isn’t. You will be required to re-enter the CD-Key and if hardware has changed significantly, you will be required to re-activate your copy with Microsoft.

      Hope this helps.

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