Reload Windows: Checklist before you Start
As mentioned earlier, the system registry will be removed and replaced with a new one once you reload windows XP. This means you need to take some precautions. Let us take a quick look at the prerequisites and steps to take before Windows XP Repair Installation.
1. You will need the Device Drivers for different devices on your computer. The most basic ones include Display drivers, Sound drivers, Ethernet Drivers, apart from the Wireless Devices etc. Make sure you have a backup of the Device Drivers, normally available as a CD with the computer purchase.
2. You will be losing all the programs on your computer. After you reload Windows XP, you will have to reinstall the programs. Keep the Installation Programs of these software ready before repairing Windows XP.
3. If you have an advanced version of Internet Explorer (above IE 6.0), you will have to uninstall it before you can reload Windows XP. This is because Windows XP will try to install IE6 but will fail if your computer already has an advanced version of the browser. Details of the IE you are using are also contained in the Program Files folder so they may interfere with a smooth reload process.
4. If you had installed the service packs separately after installation of your previous Windows XP installation, you will have to uninstall them, as they may interfere with the reload process.
4. Finally, make sure you have copied all the important files that are prone to loss (refer to the previous section, “Files Prone to Loss").
Windows XP Tip: Open the drive where Windows XP is located. Go to the Documents and Settings folder. Under Tools menu, select Folder options. Click the View tab and select the option Show Hidden Files and Folders. Then copy the entire Document and Settings Folder to some safe place. This will automatically copy your desktop, favorites, Outlook data, and other settings.