Can I reinstall Windows XP professional and keep my applications and data?

Posted on 2008-10-04
Last Modified: 2012-05-05

I ruined machine.config which comes with Microsoft Net.Framework. I also have other OS problems on my machine, Can I reinstall Windows XP Professional without having to re-install all my applications or disrupt my data?
Question by:tariqanis

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rondawel earned 500 total points
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Yes, you can.
Boot from your XP CD and perfom a repair install. All your data and applications should remain unchanged.

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If you just reinstall, data is not touched....programs are lost. (installation folders will stay but most of the programs will not run they don't have registry keys and or dll's in operating system folders anymore)

During re-installation....DO NOT REMOVE YOUR EXISTING PARTITION !!!! Otherwise you'll loose data to!

Good luck!

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Ok, good suggestion from rondawel....try this first....but with several os's installed...hmmm, tricky... :-)
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To add to the above, about XP repair install:  This is a very good page on how to perform an XP Repair Install, which will preserve your data and programs:
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One additional note: The XP Pro CD should have SP incorporated that is installed on PC. If you need to slipstream a SP, nLite is the easiest method.

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Thank you all

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