Windows XP SP2 System Repair

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I need your help right now. I am running Windows XP Service Pack 2 and I need to repair it, but I am having doubts on how to properly do it. My files are automatically saved in Drive C: wherein my operating system is already installed by default.  My question now is will I lose all my files if I successfully performed Windows Repair?

I hope someone can help me.

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Windows XP SP2 System Repair

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Ok now, there are two ways of reinstalling your windows files. You can either repair it or totally delete the C partition and install it all over. If you do the whole installing thing you will need to back up all your files in some other safe drive, a partition you will not delete. Then boot your system with the windows service pack 2 cd.

But if you want to repair your windows, then you do not need to back up files as they will not be deleted when you are repairing the system. Just boot he windows cd and follow the instruction and complete it. You will not lose a thing.

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Windows XP SP2 System Repair

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Just make sure what you mean by windows repair does not include reinstalling the operating system. But just to be sure though, if you are going to do a windows repair installation or a repair of the system files, it is best to backup your data so as to make sure that if in case anything goes wrong with the process, your information is safe.

After you repaired your computer, or after you reinstalled Windows because repairing it did not help, try and create at least 2 partitions in your hard drive. One for your operating system and the other would be used for data. When a time comes when you have to repair your operating system again, there would be no need to transfer your data to a different backup media since it's already in a different partition.

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Windows XP SP2 System Repair

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One of the best kept secrets of Windows XP is it's built in repair feature.
Don't worry; Windows XP repair feature won't delete your data, installed programs, personal information, or settings. It just repairs the operating system!

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Step 1: Rule out hardware issues. Windows Repair will only fix software problems. Hardware issues can also cause boot problems (i.e. bad hard drive, memory, CPU, or power supply).

Step 2: Backup. It's always a good idea to backup your important data before making changes to Windows XP. Relax, if you follow these instructions your data will be perfectly safe.

Step 3: Boot from your Windows XP CD. Insert the Windows XP CD into your computer's CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, and then restart your computer. When the "Press any key to boot from CD" message appears on the screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD. Can't boot from your CD? Please see the note at the bottom of this page (Configuring Your Computer to Boot from CD).

Step 4: A blue screen will appear and begin loading Windows XP Setup from the CD.

When completed loading files, you will be presented with the following "Windows Setup" screen, and your first option. Select "To set up Windows XP now, press ENTER". DO NOT select Recovery Console.

Next, Windows Setup will find existing Windows XP installations. You will be asked to repair an existing XP installation, or install a fresh copy of Windows XP.

If no installations are found, then you will not be given the option to repair. This may happen if the data or partition on your drive is too corrupted.

Note: If you install a fresh copy, all data on that partition will be lost!

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