What is the best way to reinstall Windows XP Pro SP2?
Posted on 2011-10-24
What is the best way to reinstall Windows XP Pro SP2? I need to reinstall because my internal harddrive is faulty (has bad sectors). I've tried to create image/backup but it doesn't work because of the faulty harddisk. So the only way for me is to reinstall the OS, the software from the manufacturer HP and all the other software, one-by-one.
I want to copy the whole C: (almost 40 GB) to my external harddrive, just to have as reference when I setup the new harddrive (install all software and as reference for settings).
Can I do that, copy the whole C: on 40 GB to my external harddrive? It would save me a lot of time, can just take quick looks at old C: on the external harddrive during install of all the software on my new internal harddrive and Windows XP Pro.
Also, should I update Windows XP Pro SP2 completely before I begin to install any software (except for the software from the manufacturer which I install immediately after OS-installation)? But sometimes it takes a few days before all updates are found so how can I know when all updates have been found? At least I will update to SP3 before installing any other software.