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reinstalling windows xp

By buddyg1965 ·
I want to reinstall windows xp but keep the service packs already installed. I want to totally erase everything else to include the registry and all other installed programs. How can I do this?

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by SRamesh2K In reply to reinstalling windows xp

no. its not possible. repair or reinstalling xp will undo all the hotfixes and SPs.

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by TheChas In reply to reinstalling windows xp

As answer 1 stated, you cannot keep ANY installed updates, service packs or software.
Even if you simply re-install XP over itself!

The patches and updates usually replace system files and create new registry entries.

You would need to identify and save ALL system files that are not the original release for your version of XP.
You need to boot to DOS in order to replace ANY Windows system file.

You would also need to identify and export ALL updated registry keys.
Then, import the keys after the system files were updated.

Instead of blindly running Windows update on my systems, I use the Update catalog and save the files for each update.

http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/catalog/en/

I then install the updates in the order released when I set up a new PC.

Keep in mind that you WILL need to call Microsoft to re-activate your copy of XP.

Chas

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by Deadly Ernest In reply to reinstalling windows xp

You cant keep the updates, but you can download and save the individual patch files and service packs from download the updates etc as files from

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/search.aspx? displaylang=en

This area is to allow system managers to downlaod the patches and updates once and then give access across their lans, use the search engine to find the patch/update you want and then save it to your hard drive and run it later.

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