[pcductape] can you hear the pin drop?

  • From: "Pam" <ltf01@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2003 01:05:27 -0600

Wow, it's so quiet here you can hear a pin drop.
Is everyone glued to their TV's instead of their computer screens these
days?

Hey Vic, hows it going over there?

I don't have any computer related stuff so I'll just add this so it won't be
totally off topic.

Pam

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Reinstalling Windows
by Christy Snow

Reinstalling Windows is a major hassle. Basically, there are two
popular ways to reinstall Windows: Over the Top and Clean
Install.
"Over the top" installation simply means that you are
reinstalling Windows right over an existing installation. During
an over the top install, Windows Setup proceeds to read your
existing registry, reinstalls all your current registry settings
and program installations, and most importantly, retains most of
the old system files. The Over the Top method is fairly easy and
rarely requires you to reinstall any extra component, driver, or
system file that was previously part of the existing Windows
configuration. However, Over the Top does have one killer
drawback -- if you have an existing glitch with an existing error
in your
registry or, if a corrupted system file pre-exists before the
Over the Top reinstallation, these glitches will likely be
retained after an Over the Top reinstall.
The second method of reinstall, or the "Clean Install," is
usually considered the "preferred" method since it offers the
only way to lay down a pristine OS. The process normally starts
off with a format of the hard drive which deletes everything on
the drive. Of course, the big disadvantage to this method is that
you will still have to reinstall your programs and all your
custom settings plus you'll have to restore your data (that
you've recently backed up to a storage device.) This is why Over
the Top reinstalls remain so popular.
The third method of reinstalling without losing your settings is
something that we've only tried with Windows and with previous
versions of Windows. You should not try this method unless you've
already resigned yourself to the possibility of doing a Clean
Install and have backed up all your existing data to a removable
storage device anyway.
The process involves renaming the current Windows folder as
"WinTemp" and assumes that you have ample disk space available.
First, make a copy of the Windows/System subfolder, and place
this copy outside the Windows folder. Do the same with the two
Windows files User.dat and System.dat (these are the two registry
files), as well as Win.ini.
Proceed and delete the entire Windows folder and reinstall
Windows in the usual way. You will then have a new Windows
installation.
Now see if that fixes the problem you first set out to fix. If it
does, then instead of going through all the hassle of
reinstalling everything, you can simply replace the new System
subfolder with the old one, and do the same with the two registry
files and Win.ini.
That way, you have the new install, but with the old System files
all in place (which will include a lot of program-specific ..dll
files and drivers) and the old registry (faults and all).
This reinstall method of windows will never be as effective as
reinstalling everything from scratch, and probably won't correct
existing old registry corruptions or .dll conflicts. But one
thing we've learned is that it will bring your PC back to life,
where an "Over the Top" reinstall fails on Windows.

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