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Reinstalling Windows

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Often there is a need to Reinstall a copy of Windows on a machine that is running a little wacky. Simply upgradeing keeps all the old junk in the registry and adds more. I want to know if there is a proceedure where by you can install a fresh copy of Windows and import all the Applications Links so that we do not have to re-install the application software like: Office, Symantec, Quickbooks etc...

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by Bill Cassada In reply to Reinstalling Windows

Yes, but the pain you will feel by doing it is far greater than the pain you will feel by reinstalling from scratch. It will never work correctly again. ALWAYS better to reinstall from scratch. Alternatively you can make an image of the drive just after a good install and restore the image when it whacks out.

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by info In reply to Reinstalling Windows

I want to know of the pain.

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by John Nelson In reply to Reinstalling Windows

There is no real way that I know of to reinstall Windows w/o reinstalling the applications because they put fiels in the windows/system folder and it's difficult to weed those out. You can rescue some data (favorites, icons, start menu, etc) but I believe it's best to invest in an imaging program such as Norton Ghost or DriveImage. Then set up a PC EXACTLY as you want it, and make the "user" as generic as you can. From that, use these programs to make an "image". I use Ghost to do this, then burn the image (if it's small enough) plus a working copy of Ghost (runs in DOS) onto a cd so I can replace a drive anywhere. It's saved a lot of time, and I can be back up and running in a third of the time it takes to reinstall. Hope that helps.

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by ianknapper In reply to Reinstalling Windows

Norton Ghost will enable you to create images of your drive. This includes Winxx, Office, etc. Burn this image to CD and there you have it. Your HD on CD. Rebiuld time depends on how long it takes to copy all the data from the CD.

Our tech support use it in Germany with great success.

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by dheupel In reply to Reinstalling Windows

Back up the registry files system.dat, and user.dat, then delete them. Then restart the computer in DOS mode and rebuild the Windows installation. Re-install Windows in the original location of the previous Windows install. This should rebuild your registry, and Windows should detect *most* of other installed Microsoft applications and re-create the links. Non-Microsoft software *might* need to be reinstalled. Actually, as I think about it, if you don't mess with the Start Menu folder, allthe links will be there, but some software may not function correctly without a reinstall, as all registry keys will not be in the new copy of the registry without reinstalling applications. However, as most modern .DLLs are self-registering, as long as you don't have really old software you need to run, it should work OK.

I make no gurantees or warrantees, expressed or implied, blah, blah, blah...

Good luck with your rebuild...

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by pherr In reply to Reinstalling Windows

The easiest way is to boot form a floppy, make sure you have cd drivers on it. from the c:\ren win.com win.111 this will rename you win.com file so windows setup thinks you have not installed windows before. during sutep run it like you normaly would, when you get to the screen that asks where to install it choose other and you should see on the next screen c:\windows.ooo ; delete the .000 don't retype than continue normaly. After the installation everything will be as it was before without allthe crap. desktop, start menu everyting is there. you may have to reinstall the video and/or sound drivers and maybe the modem on accation, but thats all. Hope this will make life easier for you. Let me know if it helped.

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