Reinstalling Windows Xp

As announced by Microsoft it self after 8 April 2014, the Support Center for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates for security that help you to protect your PC.

What does it mean end support what happens next?

Your computer will still work, but it could become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses.

If you really do not feel ready to pass the new operating system, because your hardware does not support higher versions, you can always reinstall them on your desktop with Windows XP Service Pack 2 , here’s how to re-install the system without losing my data.

Suppose that you can no longer boot the computer, you may have already lost some of their personal data, the hard disk may be malfunctioning, or a virus could have deleted files and folders. It is for this reason that you should always make a backup copy of your data on a thumb drive, DVD or using an external hard drive: you will be very useful in cases like the one you’re facing. Now you can just groped to minimize lost data, performing the reinstallation of Windows XP in a special mode called ” recovery . ”

Insert the Windows CD in the drive, then restart your computer. If you see the message ” Press any key to boot from CD “, press the space bar and wait for the loading of the Windows setup. If the computer attempts to boot from the hard disk, press the reset button and then press the button repeatedly to call up the menu for choosing the boot device: it is usually F12. If you really can not start the computer from the CD-ROM Windows, press the reset button again and press the key to enter the program the BIOS setup , which is usually Delete, F2 or F10. Calls page of the setup called “Boot options” or ” Boot priority “and amend the list of boot priority so that the first element is the CD-ROM drive, followed from the hard disk; press F10 to save the changes and exit the BIOS setup.


If your PC does not recognize the Windows disk and try again to boot from the hard disk trying to change the disk or the CDROM drive, which could be damaged. The setup of Windows XP starts showing a blue screen that aims to press the R key to reset the system. Reject the call and continue the Windows Setup screen appear until the license terms: approvale pressing the F8 key. The setup at this point runs the control of the hard disk. If it shows the message hard drive not found, press the reset button, then the button to call up the BIOS setup.

Here you have to set the interface for SATA drives in IDE mode or compatible. Save the change by pressing F10 and try to restart Windows, which could resume  function normally without the need to perform the restore. If Windows does not restart, repeat the setup. You should now find the hard drive, but if he were still inaccessible consult the motherboard manual to move its data cable on a connector controlled by the controller integrated into the chipset. If the disc is a high-performance model that have to be connected to a controller SCISI, SAS, or RAID, prepares and uses the floppy disk driver.

This is an advanced option in the setup described in the manual of the controller or motherboard. If the disc is recognized and is not broken, the setup of Windows informs you that it has found a previous Windows installation, which you can fix by pressing R. Accept the invitation and press R, then wait for the loading of Windows files . If you have installed Internet Explorer 8, you may be prompted to insert a couple of dozen files that pertain to this version of the web browser and that are not on the CD-ROM setup of Windows. Always click on the button to skip the file and continue the setup: you can reinstall Internet Explorer 7 or 8 when the installation is finished.

Windows\SoftwareDistribution Folder Cleanup Automation

After the reinstallation of the Windows Desktop , My Documents, email and Start menu may be empty. Do not panic: your files were not deleted from the setup, but only stored in a folder that is inside the C drive in the folder “Documents and settings” you will find a folder for each user on the computer; some are inaccessible and match custom folders of your old Windows user that was active before reinstalling.

Open the Control Panel and double-click the ” Folder Options “, then the View tab, remove the check mark from” Use simple file sharing “; put a checkmark in “Show hidden files and folders”. Now right-click the folder icon and choose the Properties item inaccessible, go to the Security tab and click “Advanced“. See the Owner tab, select your user and put the check mark in the box Replace owner on sub-containers and objects and click on ” OK “and wait for the operation to complete. Close the properties window of the folder: you can now open it and retrieve your documents and program icons that are located in the Start Menu folder.

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