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    Reinstall Windows XP Pro (Version 2002 SP2)

    I built a new computer several months ago and installed Windows XP Pro. For a while, everything seemed to be working fine, but then things started deteriorating. At first it was just annoying when various applications would just shut down, freeze, or whatever else. I'd get a message asking if I wanted to send a message to Microsoft telling them about the problem. Now the machine has reached a point that it doesn't want to work on the network. The network interface hardware thinks everything is working, but I get an IP of 169.x.x.x which someone told me is a Microsoft assigned IP. I've verified that my router is working properly by attaching different computers to each port, so I know that the router's DHCP server is functioning. When I execute IPCONFIG, I get a reply back with the 169.x.x.x IP. If I invoke IPCONFIG /RELEASE, the machine goes off into never-never land.

    When this problem occurred a couple of weeks ago, I fought and fought the problem. Finally, I decided to try "forcing" an IP address. That did nothing--the machine just hunted and hunted for the network. But when I went back and selected the automatic IP assignment, everything came alive and worked. That lasted a few days and then the machine was back to not being able to connect to the network again.

    With all the problems I've been having, including the increasing frequency of various applications freezing up, I am convinced that the problem is with Windows, and that I need to reinstall Windows. What I need to know is whether I can reinstall Windows without having to redo everything else.

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    Re: Reinstall Windows XP Pro (Version 2002 SP2)

    The short answer is No. If you reinstall Windows, it formats the HD as the first step in the process. Aside from that, all your programs have made entries into the registry that would not exist in the registry of the newly installed version. You might want to try using the Recovery Console.
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    Re: Reinstall Windows XP Pro (Version 2002 SP2)

    First, update your Antivirus definitions and perform full system scan.
    Then, update definitions of your favorite anty-spyware programs and perform full system scan. If you have only one such program or not at all, download and install them immediately.
    (I would recommend Lavasoft Ad-Aware and Spybot - Search & Destroy - they are <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>)

    Next, check your hard drive for errors. Click Start > Run, type CHKDSK /F and hit Enter. Then confirm your choice and restart your computer.

    After these steps perform usual cleanup - delete temporary files, clean caches, etc. (You can use Disk Cleanup utility - Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup; but DO NOT use "Compress old files" option!). As the last step, defragment your hard drive (Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter).

    These simple steps can fix your problem.

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    Re: Reinstall Windows XP Pro (Version 2002 SP2)

    I got to thinking about your question and while looking into something else, came across another possible solution to your problem. A Repair Installation might be just what you're looking for.
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    Re: Reinstall Windows XP Pro (Version 2002 SP2)

    I performed the anti-virus scan, spyware scan, ran chkdsk and defrag None of this had any affect on the problem.

    I performed the "Repair Installation" as you suggested. It ran through all of the steps described until I entered the XP key (step 10). Then it just went about the business of finalizing the installation--I never did see anything about the workgroup or domain. When it reboots after this "repair", it gets to the Windows splash screen, then flashes a blue screen with a lot of information on it. The blue screen only lasts about 1 second, then the system reboots. On reboot, it comes up with a screen telling me Windows did not load properly on the last attempt and gives me a menu of choices. If I select the Safe Mode choices, it'll load and let me access things, but the network connection still isn't there.

    After all this, I went to the Recovery Console and ran FIXMBR. That came up and told me I had a non-standard master boot record, told me I may destroy all partition information and make everything unaccessable if I continued. So I did not continue with that process (at least for now).

    Any other suggestions as to how I can get out this mess I'm in?

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    Re: Reinstall Windows XP Pro (Version 2002 SP2)

    I'm not surprised that you don't have a network connection available when you boot into Safe Mode. Windows wouldn't load those drivers in Safe Mode.

    When you boot up and are given the menu of choices, what happens if you select Start Windows Normally ??
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    Re: Reinstall Windows XP Pro (Version 2002 SP2)

    When I let it start Windows normally, it gets to the splash screen, then gives me the blue screen with a lot of text information that only lasts about a second (not enough time to read it). Then it reboots.

    When it comes up with the selection screen, one of the choices is "Safe Mode with Networking". When I selected that option, it came up with safe mode, but I still didn't have networking.

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    Re: Reinstall Windows XP Pro (Version 2002 SP2)

    To stop the automatic restart - and give yourself a chance to read the error message - right-click My Computer, Properties, then navigate to the automatic re-start option...

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    Re: Reinstall Windows XP Pro (Version 2002 SP2)

    <hr>When I let it start Windows normally, it gets to the splash screen, then gives me the blue screen with a lot of text information that only lasts about a second (not enough time to read it). Then it reboots.<hr>
    Capturing that display is a good use for a digital camera or camera phone, if you have one.

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