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    3 Star Lounger djmoore's Avatar
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    Nice clean XP install? (XP Pro SP2)

    I'm about due for what has become a yearly ritual of pain - reinstalling Windows. Actually it comes somewhere between 1 and 2 years, but it is now overdue. I've read varying opinions for the need to reinstall XP, but with 2 teenagers who refuse to admit that anything they do could possibly be wrong, there are plenty of bugs and pests lurking in my system now.
    I always incorporate a nice new hard drive every time I reinstall Windows - it makes it easier for me to do the install without risking the loss of any files (plus, I'm just lazy). Then I can copy any files I want to keep over to the new drive at my leisure, and delete those I don't want. By far the biggest bugaboo I've encountered is preserving certain settings and files - such as favorites, email, user account information, etc. I found (can't remember where) a link to a Microsoft article about using the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard, which seemed to promise an easy, carefree process - but when I read through it carefully, it turns out that it assumes that if I'm not transferring files and settings to a new computer, that I'm installing XP in a dual boot configuration alongside another install of Windows that I don't want to get rid of. Apparently Microsoft doesn't think that anybody ever just reinstalls Windows.
    Is anyone aware of a way to migrate (for lack of a better term) files and settings - including, but not limited to, email (Outlook AND Outlook Express (my kids refuse to use Outlook for some reason) IE settings/favorites, and whatever other files & settings I'm not thinking of at the moment? It would be nice if I could choose NOT to migrate my address book, since during the last install I somehow corrupted my address book and haven't been able to use it for close to two years now.
    Last time I did it manually - I copied .dbx files for OE, .pst files for Outlook, a good deal of the Documents & Settings directory for IE settings and favorites - and it was a royal pain to get everything back to how it had been with the old install. I do not want to have to do that again - I just don't have the time & patience any more. If there's a better program for email - and I really don't care if I have to pay for it or not, as long as it is good - I'd love to hear about it! As far as IE is concerned, I'm ok sticking with that - I'm still using IE 6 (I'm not anxious to upgrade to 7, but that's based on the impression I retained from reading articles about it when it was first released).

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    Uranium Lounger viking33's Avatar
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    Re: Nice clean XP install? (XP Pro SP2)

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