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    More Questions about WindowsXP Total Rebuild

    I've used Langa's article to rebuild many pre SP3 machines with good success. But I'm stymied now. I've got a computer with Windows XP Professional SP3 and so to rebuild I made a slipstream disk with XP Professional SP3. When I get to the final install step there is no repair available only either format and install or install with no format. If I install with no format I get a clean XP SP3 with none of my apps or files and a Windows.old containing the system I've replaced. I can always change the boot to Windows.old and get my apps and files but then I get my original bogged down system. If I try to use a disk with Windows XP or slipstream SP XP2 I get the message that there's a newer system installed. Anyone get this problem and is there a workaround?

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    Your only workaround (to keep all your applications, etc.) is to use a disc with SP3 slipstreamed correctly. That will work just fine - done it myself a few times.

    Use an XP SP2 installation disc as source for your slipstream. Paul Thurrott's slipstreaming guide is good.
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    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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    Thanks for your reply. I'll use Paul Thurrott's Guide.

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