My Windows XP ( Home Edition, SP 2 ) appears to be corrupted, I assume this since it will not boot my desktop computer. If I change my desktop’s hard drive to a slave status, I can boot the computer with a different hard drive set as master. When I do this, I can then go to the slave drive, and it’s partitions, and browse them and retrieve data and picture files.
My questions are can I reinstall the Windows XP over the old one or must I first remove it? Can I remove it by just deleting the Windows folder? And having removed it this way, can I then just reinstall XP. Do I have to backup each of the partitions, or only the partition containing the Windows folder?