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Old 11-23-2006, 05:42 PM   #11 (permalink)
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If I do upgrade, Ill probably just reinstall. But its gonna be annoying... O well. I can get used to it. I just dont want to kill my HD. Cause I killed my last one. I was new to computers and reformated it like 4 or 5 times, and i think i actually zeroed it out once. But my new one has perp. technology, so it'll survive one reformat fine.

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Old 11-23-2006, 06:24 PM   #12 (permalink)
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a repair install does not delete your updates. i just did one and i still have SP2. a repair install actually REINSTALLS Windows, but it does not delete your data. It just replaces the system files with new ones.

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Old 11-23-2006, 06:34 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Complete re-install is the best.
Often works without re-formatting, though. May require repair install.
Always backup.

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