Is there a way to overinstall Windows XP Pro without losing at least most of your programs and data as could be done in previous versions of Windows? My particular problem is not allowing a 'Repair' option from booting from the XP Pro CD. Also, due to problem below, I can only boot to CD, as I cannot access the OS on the hard drive due to the registry failure. On booting to a CD it gives me the option to overinstall in the same Windows folder, Option 'L' and says all files, subfolders, user accounts, applications, security and desktop settings for that Windows installation will be deleted. The "My Documents" folder may also be deleted....will I lose the rest of my data and programs this way? Also, it gives an option to install to another folder, but I'm not sure I have enough hard disk space for another complete install of Windows XP Pro...
Have made several attempts to successfully reboot <*AND RUN*> a computer that was working just fine yesterday until it spontaneously tried to reboot after being on less than a minute. This spontaneous reboot after only a few seconds became consistent. Managed to run full virus scan <F-Prot updated last Tuesday> which took over 20 minutes <normal> and it did NOT reboot until I tried to open a program afterward.. Did not matter which program. Of course, after a lockup it ran ScanDisk without a hitch. I have run System Restore twice back to different dates. On POST, C: drive did
not show at all on every OTHER attempt, and it said non-system disk error, even without a disk in the floppy drive. On startup it would not boot to Safe Mode at all. I then booted to a command prompt using a floppy and ran ScanDisk from A: for drive C: It corrected several problems, and I ran it again at least twice, until no problems showed. A surface scan showed no
FINALLY I got a plain screen with the following message:
STOP: C0000218 (Registry File Failure}
The registry cannot load the hive (file):
or its log or alternate.
It is corrupt, absent, or not writable.
Thank you for any help or insight you can provide.