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Re: Reinstall - what should I save before wiping disk ?

- Bobb -
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"peter" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> That really depends upon why you are reinstalling.Normally I would
> just save my personal files and any programs I dont have the CD for.
> The i386 folder is on the XP CD........what version do you have
> installed ..SP2?? are you reinstalling with SP2 or will you need to
> download SP2??? The INF foldr has info on your hardware
> devices..included on the XP CD or on the drivers CD that came with
> your hardware which you will need to reinstall as well.MS Office is
> always better to reinstall and then update from the update site.
> So Why are you reinstalling???
> peter


Cleaning up : I have multi-boot systems and finding I no longer need an
OS, on another I now want XP on C - rather than E and I'll purge the
old stuff from the system.

As for the drivers ... I figure - rather than tracking down all of my
oem CD's, I know that I HAVE working drivers ON the drive now. My X64
CD is an early version so that will need a lot of updates after install.
I had issues with drivers there. My OS CD's are ~ 2 years old: so why
not keep what I know works and install from there rather than use " old
drivers" (which may have compatablitity problems with all my updates
since then). Since PCI-E didn't exist when I first bought XP , I'd be
swapping cd's for each device. And maybe the driver has been updated
since then by the manufacturer (and maybe not at windowsupdate) So why
not keep the INF folder ?? That was my thinking - but I wanted to see
what others did / do .
My XP CD came with SP1 but I have downloaded SP2 and made a slipstreamed
CD for the first time.( I'll see how that goes ! )
In case I have issues I also have SP2 on a separate CD too.


>> "- Bobb -" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
>> news:%23z%(E-Mail Removed)...
>> Trying to make reinstall easier and checking if I should copy these
>> folders to a spare disk first. Checking my XP partition and I see:
>> the INF folder ( has 56mb in it - will it save me from searching for
>> drivers that I'll need ? )
>> or
>> C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles\i386 = 514mb
>> or
>> C:\WINDOWS\Installer\$PatchCache$\Managed\ that has Ms office stuff -
>> 2 folders ~215mb each - keep it ?
>> you get the idea - I'm trying to avoid NOT having a driver/ file that
>> will be necessary during install .
>> Thanks
>> Bobb


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