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Disaster strikes!! please help!

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by Jimbo, 17 Feb 2006.

  1. Jimbo

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    I was trying to solve a problem on my pc and it involved uninstalling and re-installing nforce3 drivers. Anyway it wouldnt let me install the latest nforce drivers, so I used driver cleaner, but still no joy.

    I then saw these folders on my c: root dir, they were something like NV******** or something or other, so stupidly I deleted them.

    And now of course windows just blue screens on me, even in safe mode.

    My question is this... would I be able to install windows from scratch on another drive in there, my d: for instance without losing any data of it (d: that is), then get some of my lost bookmarks and stuff of my c: drive?

    Im gutted. :(

    Or would i be able to reinstall xp without losing any bookmarks or data of c:?

    a reformat is gonna suck some A tbh.
     
    Last edited: 17 Feb 2006
  2. Jimbo

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    I just found this on the web....

    ReInstalling WindowsXP

    Added 5/21/02

    If you need to reinstall WindowsXP and want to keep all your current installed applications and settings:

    1.

    Start WindowsXP
    2.

    Go to the location of your source files
    3.

    Run WINNT32 /unattend

    I've often need to do this to repair something that had gotten corrupted and didn't want to do a clean install.


    Would I be able to do this from dos? using a startup disk say? anyone??
     
  3. Jimbo

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    Would a repair at reinstall save my apps in documents and settings and my installed apps and games?
     
  4. konicky

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  5. Jimbo

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    Cheers for that mate, but I dont have a repair option, when I get to the stage he mentioned.
     
  6. Jimbo

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    No matter now, I have just bitten the bullet and accepted data loss. I reinstalled xp.
     
  7. skiba

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    mate, in future use the Bart PE CD, it's a bootable copy of windows on a CD, used it yesterday on my sis's laptop, works a treat.
     
  8. Jimbo

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    Thanks I'll remember that piece of advice. it just gets weirder, after a reinstall I'm still getting the same thing happening. I'm going for a full format now and hoping my raptor hasnt give up on me.
     
  9. Jimbo

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    Looks like it could be my drive, its taking ages to format at the instalation of windows. It normally whizzez through it being a sata western digital 74gig raptor.

    Oh balls.