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Reloading windows xp - software


If you have been in succession Windows XP for a fasten of years or more you may find that it is not in a row quite as cursorily and smoothly as it was when you did your first install. I am constantly 'evaluating' software and uninstalling and reinstalling beta software on my laptop and have continually progressively be converted into more and more disappointed after nine months to a year with the accomplishment of my PC. So I evenly do a endorsement and reinstall all my software, together with Windows.

Please note that this is absolutely another than doing the average clothes to troubleshoot and fix being troubles such as coordination errors or appliance errors. These effects are advance fixed by using a systme Fix up which is a great new article to Windows XP

For everybody that has reinstalled their in commission arrangement a few times the administer seems beautiful direct as they have found all of the gotchas the first few times. I have lost mail and contacts but not much else over the years by next (or not following) a coordination to refill my working classification and software. This determination of this guide is to give you a checklist to adhere to so that a reloading of Windows goes smoothly the first time.

The steps are as follows:

1. Help all data
2. Certificate your flow classification drivers and software
3. Erase the Windows and profile directories
4. Restock Window
5. Restock software and data.
6. Get some sleep

1. Backing data.

There are two methods of the course of action of reloading your in use system. The first is to just obliterate the approach files and the agree with is to help the files to CD or DVD and then arrangement the hard drive completely, my favorite is to cancel the coordination folders and work from there as the concrete formatting is not desirable as much now as it was in the past.

It is very critical to be sure to get a backing of all of your data. My contemporary attempt is to coin a folder in the Root of the C: drive called "backup for reload" and copy all of my files in there. The first few times that I reloaded my appliance I any saved all of the data to a new hard drive so I could configure my main drive or I would just conceive a folder to save my data in that was in the root of the C: drive and just deleted the Windows directory. One thing to be aware of is that a new fit of Windows is going to cross out your existing profile where your data is kept, you will be warned in the establish and I am advice you here as well!

First of all Windows likes to keep all of your credentials in your "My Documents" folder and even although the icon is on the desktop the folder is in point of fact in the subsequent location: c:documents and settings . The id and settings folder is quite critical as it does have all of the files that are coupled with you as a user. Other folders in credentials and settings are "Favorites" "Application Data" and "Local Settings".

If you use Outlook Communicate for your mail you will want to back up its folders. Open up Outlook Definite and go to tools to options to maintenance and there is a do up called "Store Folder" this will tell you where the folder is that holds all of your mail, commonly located in

c:--> credentials and settings(logon name)--> local settings--> Claim Data--> Identities--> Microsoft--> Outlook Express". Hard to find spot but important.

If you are using Outlook for your mail and contacts my document has constantly been to exploration for all . pst files on your PC this will give you your main as well as archive folders and maybe even some long lost mail from before.

I also do a hunt and put the subsequent in the explore box *. doc;*. xls;*. ppt;*. mdb;*. pub this will examination for all bureau credentials on the PC, when I get the consequence I only help the files that are not in my id and settings for my name or in the my papers folder.

How big is your "Backup and Reload" folder now that you have all of your data in it? Can you back it up to a CD? Or two, or a DVD? This would be a nice time to do that save to a CD so that in the event of a catastrophic breakdown of your hard drive you can go back and fill your data later.

2. Article your in progress approach drivers and software

So often when I am running on a central processing unit I find that after a design and stock up of Windows that I am lost a association card driver or a video driver. Ahead of you turn off the laptop to arrangement it or erase the arrangement files make sure that you have a copy of all of the drivers, accurately the only drivers that seem to adjust are the video drivers. What other drivers might you need? Well If you have the CD that came with the motherboard then you will doubtless only need to download the sound card, video, monitor, modem drivers and you can find the type of hardware by right clicking on the my cpu and going to properties and then depending on your description of Windows look for the contraption manager. I do not tend to arrange my drive I only cancel the Windows book and the Credentials and settings book when I do a refill so I can then find the files later still session on the hard drive. My favorite is to conceive a folder called mydrivers in the root of the C: drive so that after you refill Windows you will have a focal place to go to find the drivers. Now just go out and download the drivers that you need.

3. Erase the Windows and profile directories

Now, this is where you have to take a deep breath already you get ongoing as when we erase files we are not going to be able to get them back. When I cross out files on the cpu ahead of I reinstall Windows I do not cross out all of the files or design the drive. The only way that you can cross out what you want is to use some kind of a boot disk that does not load Windows from your hard drive. I use the Crucial Windows Boot CD and after I boot the drive up I move some data in its place of deleting. More often than not I will have missed some chief file so I build a "backup" folder that contains all of my data. I drop my contemporary "Documents and Settings" folder into this endorsement folder and then also any applications from the "Program Files' folder that may have some of their own files. This would comprise databases like Act or Maximiser and Tax software or book maintenance software like Quicken. Most of the data files for applications are kept in the "My Documents" folder.

In the ensconce of Windows you will need to have at least 2 gigs of free space so make sure that you have freed up adequate space to do the install

When I am deleting folders I am most concerned in deleting the" Credentials and Settings" and "Windows" folders, as this is where you will find user settings as well as the registry both good and bad. If you are actually aggressive you can also consist of the "Program Files" folder so that after you have reloaded Windows you can have the evasion settings for each application. I also cancel any files that are session in the root of the C: drive.

4. Reloading Windows

Now that you have deleted the unneeded files and directories you will have to give by hand an working coordination to fill all of your software into. I desire Windows XP now even though if you have a bit of an older cpu Windows 2000 will in all probability be fine and takes less approach resources.

Just a note here, Windows 98 is a bad amount and there are a few reasons why. Windows 98 is not supported to any further extent by Microsoft so it does not have any new defense fixes or drivers being in print for it. One other issue is that the underlying file arrangement that Windows 98 chains is FAT32, if you are loading Windows 2000 or XP you will possible want to take help of NTFS but the only good way to do this with a fresh load is to arrangement your machine, this will obliterate all of the data that you have on your PC now. If you are heartrending from Windows 98 there will be a spot in the ensconce asking if you would like to arrangement or change the drive to NTFS, I would avoid this as you can change after you have switched your PC to Windows XP in Disk Management from the Laptop management concentration in Windows.

The rest of the fit ought to go smoothly and after you have complete you will have a nice new clean ensconce of Windows with only the recycle bin on the desktop and no applications. Maybe the desktop is only 256 flag or the size is not quite right but this is where you will fix that challenge by reloading your drivers. Go to start and right click on the "MY Computer" icon and decide on properties, go to the hardware tab, now find the badge executive and whatever thing with an exclamation point or a red X will need a new driver. Right click on the icon, choose inform driver and walk all through conclusion your drivers. If you can not find the driver in the lookup then you may have to go back to the mydrivers folder and run the executables for the drivers which may speed up the course of action of loading new drivers.

5. Refill Software and Data

Now the slow torturous part of the Windows bed in begins. I continually do this reloading of Windows for the reason that my central processing unit has in stages slowed down from all of the software that I have affluent up and assurance never to do again, I have proven time and time again that I don't live up to the pledge. The only software that I load first is Bureau XP and setup my individual settings and mail folders from Outlook (check about for this citations as it varies with your edition of Office) and I also bed in my generally used utilities. I keep my software bed in disks close by and just load software as I need it over the next few days.

6. Get Some Sleep

Congratulations. This course is very long and infrequently we do lose data that was missed in the backing but after you are done you have a central processing unit that is at least as good as the day you in progress using it. There are fewer errors, less hiccups and the laptop is fast and responsive. Though it takes a long time I am more than disposed to do it as long as I blank some time early as the differentiation in effective with the laptop for some time after is a real treat.

Bill Nadraszky is a CPU assist specialist that has worked with a number of versions of Windows for 15 years. You can get up to date in sequence on cpu aid at http://www. xptechsupport. com

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