Want to install windows xp on my pc without losing programs and files. How do I ?
Question: I have had such experience where I installed windows xp professional on my pc after which none of my programs could be found on the new os. Sound, video and internet controllers were all gone. I had to look for drivers online from a different pc before internet, sound and video could function.Please I have problem with my os and I want to re-install without loosing any of the programs a I had already. Any help out there?
Best Answers: Want to install windows xp on my pc without losing programs and files. How do I ?
If you format and install OS every thing on your HDD will be wiped off. If You have problem with ur OS try the repair option Using the OS cd. Else sorry dude no other way out.
There are some home-written programs out there that you might download that could "do" it for you, but you'd probably get a virus if the program is "free" and things wouldn't run right afterwards. The registry would be full of messes from XP pro that would screw up how things ran. Microsoft does not support downgrading from XP pro to Home and the disk won't do it. You would have to manually backup all your data, install XP home from scratch, and reload all your data and programs from from the begnning if you ever wanted it to run right. The other option is to set up dual-boot, so that you can boot into either XP pro or Home, but that still takes up two licenses and you'd have both OSs still installed on the PC.
You can "repair" an existing XP installation, which is similar to a re-instalation. It will not delete your programs or personal files. Configure your computer to start from the CD-ROM drive. For more information about how to do this, refer to your computer's documentation or contact your computer manufacturer. Then insert your Windows XP Setup CD, and restart your computer. 1. When the Press any key to boot from CD message is displayed on your screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD. 2. Press ENTER when you see the message To setup Windows XP now, and then press ENTER displayed on the Welcome to Setup screen. 3. Do not choose the option to press R to use the Recovery Console. 4. In the Windows XP Licensing Agreement, press F8 to agree to the license agreement. 5. Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP. 6. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Setup.
There is an option to keep all your files, but applications may not (probably won't) work. You also cannot revert it without doing a clean wipe of your system. If you want to just try 7 out, I would say create a partition or run it on a virtual machine.
If you can’t find the right Windows XP drivers manually I would recommend just getting a software program that can do it for you. There is a program I use which will find drivers for just about all hardware devices. The best part is it takes a snapshot of your system specifications and matches the right driver to go with it. Perform a free driver scan at: http://www.drivers-updates.net/drivers/windows-xp-drivers.html Also, you can get the driver from the official site: http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/default.aspx?ln=en
There is no other way. this fact is clear and in plain english given at the windows 8 web page. (it is also in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish. ) To go back to your previous version of Windows, you'll need to reinstall it from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC; typically DVD media. If you don’t have recovery media you might be able to create it from a recovery partition on your PC using software provided by your PC manufacturer. Check the support section of your PC manufacturer’s website for more information. After you install Windows 8, you won’t be able to use the recovery partition on your PC to go back to your previous version of Windows. basically it means you lose everything unless you have backed it up. (so what about using the system image you should have made) .
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