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    Re-installing

    I am trying to learn win2k and if past experience is anything to go on, I will need to re-install a number of times before I get things rightish. From win3.0 through win98, unless you reformatted, a re-install kept all your programs, registry entries, printers etc. So far my re-installs (yes very plural - I can claim to have installed win2k 15 times - unfortunately all on the same machine :-)have meant my programs , whilst still on the hard drive , have to be re-installed, printers resetup etc. Am I missing an install switch that re-installs windows but keeps all existing stuff or trying to achieve the impossible. TIA
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    Re: Re-installing

    Aye, Steve, you're getting so good at installing Windows!

    Under the NT code base, which includes Windows 2000, you can't just run setup over itself again and keep all your programs intact. BUT....

    ANd I should have thought of this while replying to your other post. You CAN do something really cool that might save your butt: first, make yourself some boot floppies from the CD.

    Next, boot the PC and let it load all its stuff into memory. Then select the 'repair' option. Just accept all the defaults. This might be your ticket to immortality - at least with your apps. It will check your registry and all critical system files and replace as needed so have your install CD handy when you do it.
    -Mark

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