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How can profiles be saved for a fresh Windows XP install?

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The hard drive has lost the boot sector. Unless you have a recovery program or backup; the only solution is to reformat the drive and install the operating system again. If you believe there is data that needs saving, pull the hard drive first, take it to someone that will allow you to hook it up as a second drive and look at what data is still available on the drive. Copy your pictures, music, and documents to a CD or Thumb Drive for safe-keeping. Go home and install the hard drive, format, and install Windows 8.1 OS. Install all programs again that were lost when formatting as they are needed to read the data stored on the thumb drive.

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If you could please describe a bit more.

1. Won't boot means : are power cables, display connected properly?
2. Won't boot means : All above is correct but you don't see BIOS at startup? Take out the RAM and install them again firmly to the slots.
3. Won't boot means : All above is correct but windows gives error like file missing, profile missing, etc. Please post your error.
4. Won't boot means : if you don't important things in your drive where windows was installed, you can reinstall windows there.
Thanks.

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Iam sure that if your windows wont load and you can not get it to start you may have to put your hdd to another computer using a usb drive,or add it to another computer as a slave,or when putting new xp on see if it will let you keep your files.

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Sir, i am using windows 7 ultimate. i would like to install another one operating system (i.e) windows xp professional. now i insert the win xp professional disk into it but the install windows xp is...


boot your computer with windows XP cd. it will install winXP automatically but remember to install windows XP other than the drive where your win7 is. for examp: if your win7 is in C drive, install XP in D drive. hope you can do.

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How to delete Microsoft Windows, how to remove Windows


In this tech article I will go over how to remove Microsoft Windows or revert to a previous version of Windows. Why would you want to delete Windows? You may want to remove Windows because you do not like that version you have installed, or maybe you want a different operating system like Linux.

In my method I will not focus on data backup and recovery. If you wish to backup your data, you can do so. After installation of your operating system you can restore the data from backup.

Install fresh operating system
This method is the easiest and I would say least problematic. This will format(wipe) your hard drive and install a clean operating system. No files will be saved or transferred in this method. So be sure to backup any important data you wish to save as it will be deleted during this method.

1)You will need the operating system media. The operating system you wish to install can be on a DVD or USB flash drive for example.

2)Insert the media and reboot the computer.

3)As the computer is booting up, you will see some options come up during the boot process(very briefly). One of these options will be for your BIOS. It may say press f11 for bios, or DEL for settings. What we want to do is go into the computer BIOS and change the boot order.

4) Once in the BIOS, change your boot order so the operating system media is booted first. For example, if you have your new operating system on a USB flash drive, then you want to make sure the USB flash drive is first in the boot order list.

5)Once you make the boot order changes, exit out of BIOS saving your settings. When your computer reboots again it will boot to the media you selected.

6)Depending on what operating system you had installed before, you may get different options. You may get options to perform a recovery and or to just do a fresh install. We want to make sure you do a fresh install. This will format(wipe) the hard drive and install the operating system you wish to use. The hard drive will be formatted and the operating system installed. Once installed, you will go over settings basic computer settings like language, time, computer name and internet connectivity. This varies depending on the operating system you are using. Be sure to follow the on screen prompts.


If you installed Windows 7 over an older version of Windows
In this method you can revert Windows 7 to a previous version of Windows. The Windows 7 installation will have created a Windows.old folder that contains your previous operating system and personal files. This Windows.old folder is in the root of the Windows partition. Reverting does not keep any current files or settings so beware. Your computer will be reverted to its previous state before Windows 7 was installed.

The following tech article from Microsoft will go over the process to revert Windows 7 to a previous version of Windows that was installed.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971760

The following tech article from Microsoft will go over how to do this process with Windows XP.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/303661


Wipe hard drive securely
If you want to truly erase data you will need to use software utilities to do this. Deleting data on your computer or reformatting your hard drive will not completely erase the data. There are numerous software programs out there you can use, free and costly.

A free tool you can use to erase your hard drive is KillDisk. You can click the link below to visit the site and download the software.
http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm


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if your using the restore or re-installation CD that came with your DELL computer just boot off the CD.
it will reformat the computer and your data will be lost if you do a fresh install off the CD.
Do not boot into windows and use the CD from there.
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How to remove this copy of windows did not pass genuine windows validation


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I qant to install windows xp


Get a bootable windows xp cd first.
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Change the boot priority and make the computer boot through the optical drive.
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How do I re-format my acre aspire 5610 & install XP.


go to bios (hit del on start up) rearange boot sequence , that first boot device is cd drvie ...put winx xp in you dvd /cd drive
restart computer when it says press any key too booot from cd hit enter
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Swaping hdd


You have half a dozen reasons why this will not work. The Operating system (XP) does not recognise the different hardware, the Bios doesn't recognise the MBR (the file structure of the harddrive) and you have all the wrong hardware drivers installed.
There is a way to do this if you have the original XP installation disk, install the harddrive, put the XP installation disk in the CD/DVD drive and set the machine to boot from the CD/DVD first. When the machine boots up and goes to install XP follow the instructions as if you are doing a fresh install, when SetUp attempts to format the harddrive it will discover you already have a version of XP installed and will give you the option to repair it, go ahead with the repair and MAYBE SetUp will be able to see and install the correct hardware drivers. If not you are looking at Slaving the harddrive, saving your personal files and then formatting the harddrive and reinstalling XP fresh.

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Hi notsoscrewed- As long as you have your original XP disk you can save everything. First, make sure your pc is bootable from your cd drive. If you know it is good. If not, when your pc boots it should say something like hit F2 or <del> to enter setup. Go into the BIOS and find your boot options and make sure your cd is listed as bootable and listed to boot before your hard drive. Then save and exit. When your system reboots make sure you have your XP cd in your cd drive and your pc will say press any key to boot from cd rom. Press any key and follow these steps:

You must boot from your XP CD. Please make sure it is the same version of Windows that is currently installed on your computer (ex. XP Home cannot repair XP Professional). Place the CD in your CDROM and start your computer. Newer versions will work as well (ie. Windows XP Pro SP2 CD will work on an older WinXP Pro SP1 installation)
Before the Windows logo appears, you will be asked to press any key to boot from CD, so do just that.
A blue screen will appear and will begin loading XP setup from the CD.
Choose the FIRST option, NOT recovery console.

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Next, Windows Setup will find existing Windows XP installations. You will be asked to repair an existing XP installation or install a fresh copy of Windows XP

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That should be it. Windows XP will appear to be installing itself for the first time, but it will retain all of your data and settings. Just follow the prompts, have your CD-KEY handy . You may have to install XP updates again and reactivate XP but small price to pay and little time to be able to save all your software and info. Let me know what happens.

If this solves your problem PLEASE rate this as fixed. If you need more help with this just add a comment and I'll be more than happy to assist you further. Thanks.

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Check this Sol'n..

1. Boot(start) ur computer.
2. Press F2 to open up your BIOS Setup
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It will restart and surely boot on your XP cd (if inserted)..
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