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Home computer wont boot up tried to reinstall xp but says i will lose all files and programs. Is there a way to fix or get files off computer before I reinstall?

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When you try to install XP, use the upgrade function. This tries to save all of your old settings. This does assume that your drive is not corrupted too badly.

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So--you've tried everything else and you still can't get XP up and running? Time to do a system reinstall.

If you have a recovery disk (or set) provided by the manufacturer or if you remembered to make one when you got the computer, put the first disk in the CD/DVD drive, boot from it, and then follow the prompts. The program will most likely format the hard drive and restore your computer to its original (factory) condition. Bad for you if you have not backed up your data.

When I have the opportunity, I would much rather use a Windows disk (same flavor of Windows on your machine) to install a fresh copy of the operating system. You would boot from this disk in the same manner as I described in the first two tips. This time, though, you will not choose "repair" but will proceed with the installation of a fresh copy of Windows. When prompted, I would recommend leaving the file system intact (that is, not reformat the hard drive) if you have data that you really don't want to lose. In the end, you will have two installations of Windows that you will be able to see in Windows Explorer, but only one will be functional. Your data will usually be intact. You will have to reinstall all your programs, though. All the files will be there, but no programs will work until you reinstall them.

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Seek help from a qualified technician.
He/she can remove the disk-drive from your computer,
temporarily attach it as a "slave" drive to another computer,
and copy all your files to blank DVD-writable disks,
to make a "backup" of your files (and music and E-mail and contacts).

Then, you can reinstall Windows, knowing that you have that "backup".

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actually you can reinstall your xp system but this you can't, why:

the reason
your windows xp system are being updated every month...
the version from original system are being extracted to a new version....

by this time reformat you hard disk...

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When XP gets into the rebooting mode, you will have to run a chkdsk or do an XP repair. You will not lose your data. But you do need your recovery cd or a WinXP cd.

Take the Windows XP disk. Boot from it, then DO NOT select F2 (automated system recovery) but continue through the procedure until you get to the point where you can choose between installing Windows XP and entering the Recovery Console. Once you get into the Recovery Console, do chkdsk and fix potential errors on your disks! Type chkdsk C: /R at the prompt in the recovery console.

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When you boot with the Win XP install CD-ROM, it loads a minimal operating system, similar to DOS, but compatible with Win XP. At the first screen you select install Win XP (not Recovery Console) and at the next screen it will find that you already have Win XP and offer to attempt a repair. This repair should not touch your Applications or data; it just reinstalls the Windows files. This is great because when it works you don't need to reinstall all your software.
Lastly, your drive can be taken out of the unit and set into an enclosure or adapter. The data can be saved, the your hard drive can be formatted and programs and data reinstalled.
Good Luck,
If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it.
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Ok, OOPS!, The only way you're going to be able to access your word files again is to re-install MS Office. I suggest you leave it as it is, and reinstall MS-Office when you get home or try to get a copy of MS Office, because that is the only way to access your files. No need to format your laptop though. Just reinstall MS Office. and everything should be fine again. I f you just need MS Word, then when you reinstall MS-Office again, choose manual installation and untick all other installations except MS Word. In that way you do not need to reinstall the complete MS-Office but instead, just MS Word.

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try this:
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3. go to desktop tab
4.go to customize desktop
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now you will get those icons..

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