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Langa Letter: XP's No-Reformat, Nondestructive Total-Rebuild Option

Fred Langa shows you how to completely rebuild, repair, or refresh an existing XP installation without losing data, and without having to reinstall user software, reformat, or otherwise destructively alter the setup.

Many of the next few Repair screens will also be familiar. The "installing devices" screen, for example, is identical to the one you normally see during a full, from-scratch setup. But Repair is actually retaining much of the current setup's configuration and so will move through these steps faster than in a full setup.


The Repair version of the setup process skips or shortens many steps because it already has the information it needs from the existing setup. For example, Repair's

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The Repair version of the setup process skips or shortens many steps because it already has the information it needs from the existing setup. For example, Repair's "installing devices" and the network setup steps are both much faster and require less user input than a new setup does.

The setup screens don't reflect the fact that a Repair proceeds much faster than a normal, full setup. In fact, the time estimates in the setup progress bar will be way off. You'll be done in far less time than the progress bar predicts.


Screen Fourteen
Just as with "installing devices," the network setup proceeds rapidly because Setup can reuse many of the configuration details from the current installation. In fact, a Repair setup takes far less time than the installation progress bar indicates.

Just as with ''installing devices,'' the network setup proceeds rapidly because Setup can reuse many of the configuration details from the current installation. In fact, a Repair setup takes far less time than the installation progress bar indicates.

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When this portion of the Repair is done, you'll see a "completing installation" screen:


The ''completing installation'' screen means most of the heavy lifting is done, and you're just minutes away from finishing the repair operation.
Screen Fifteen
The "completing installation" screen means most of the heavy lifting is done, and you're just minutes away from finishing the repair operation.

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Setup then reboots your PC again, and this reboot will also take longer than usual. This is normal.


Screen Sixteen
With the bulk of the repair work done, your PC needs to reboot once more and will do so automatically. The reboot will take a bit longer than a standard boot, but this is normal.

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With the bulk of the repair work done, your PC needs to reboot once more and will do so automatically. The reboot will take a bit longer than a standard boot, but this is normal.

After the reboot, you'll be brought to an abbreviated version of the "Welcome To Windows" setup pages.


The Repair process ends with still more screens borrowed from the full setup.
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The Repair process ends with still more screens borrowed from the full setup.

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ChrisR000
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2/14/2014 | 10:44:01 PM
Re: Upgrading from Windows XP
Yes, look on ebay and just purchase another.

 
dripley
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1/27/2014 | 6:30:36 AM
Non-destructive rebuild....
Like several others, I too do not get the 'R' option when selecting the existing installation. Why is this?
jaybee1450
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1/9/2014 | 3:03:39 PM
Upgrading from Windows XP
I am trying to install Windows 7 on an older Dell XPS 400 that came with Windows XP installed. Unfortunately when I cleaned up the computer I erased and lost the pre-installed XP. The XP came pre-installed and I do not have a diskette to reinstall it. The reason I need to do this is because my Windows 7 program looks for it in order ti install over it. Can anyone think of a way to (a) get a copy of XP on diskette or (b) to get around this problem another way. Thanks for any help.
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11/30/2013 | 10:16:29 PM
SP3 ? Can this work with SP3 ?
 Can this work with SP3 ?
JustinT755
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11/7/2013 | 3:45:26 PM
re: Langa Letter: XP's No-Reformat, Nondestructive Total-Rebuild Option
I never got an option to Repair Windows Installation, I was able to delete the windows files and re-install them, but no Repair Option
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3/24/2013 | 1:27:05 AM
re: Langa Letter: XP's No-Reformat, Nondestructive Total-Rebuild Option
I've used this procedure more than once since I read this article. It worked perfectly each time and instantly refreshed and speeded up my old XP system. I printed it out and have it on a shelf in my computer desk for easy access when needed. All it takes is the ability to follow very easily understood instructions. Probably the most useful thing I've ever read, ;)

Thanks, Fred!
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2/13/2012 | 5:24:19 PM
re: Langa Letter: XP's No-Reformat, Nondestructive Total-Rebuild Option
I have reached screen 16 and was wondering how long does it take for it to get to the next screen..not sure if it is hung up or configuring..
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12/21/2011 | 5:08:44 PM
re: Langa Letter: XP's No-Reformat, Nondestructive Total-Rebuild Option
I'm trying to do this on a computer that I have been using for a long time but with a 9 month old 320 g drive. a virus is preventing me from using any programs or internet from c:even though it boots ok and the desktop looks fine. It just wont do anything. My screen 7 does not mention the repair option. It doesn not recognize a damaged xp.but it is telling me I have a either a full partition or damaged or not formated right and is telling me I have to format the partitian and that I have 131072mg left (which doesn't seem right) It only leads to distructive re install NO REPAIR OPTION. Do I just have the wrong set up disc? what now? .
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12/21/2011 | 5:08:29 PM
re: Langa Letter: XP's No-Reformat, Nondestructive Total-Rebuild Option
I'm trying to do this on a computer that I have been using for a long time but with a 9 month old 320 g drive. a virus is preventing me from using any programs or internet from c:even though it boots ok and the desktop looks fine. It just wont do anything. My screen 7 does not mention the repair option. It doesn not recognize a damaged xp.but it is telling me I have a either a full partition or damaged or not formated right and is telling me I have to format the partitian and that I have 131072mg left (which doesn't seem right) It only leads to distructive re install NO REPAIR OPTION. Do I just have the wrong set up disc? what now? .
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11/11/2011 | 10:22:45 PM
re: Langa Letter: XP's No-Reformat, Nondestructive Total-Rebuild Option
This article has saved my bacon more than once but now after screen 4 I'm stuck on "examining the hard drive.....atapi...."etc at the bottom. This machine won't even boot from a ubcd4win cd so I'm assuming the hard drive is fried.
Any ideas?
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