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Friday, July 21, 2006

XP's No-Reformat, Non-destructive Total-Rebuild Option

Fred Langa from Information Week (Free subscription to the paper version of the magazine right here) pubbed a very interesting article showing the many ways people can rebuild, repair, or refresh an existing XP installation without losing data, and without having to reinstall user software, reformat, or otherwise destructively alter the setup. This is one of the most useful tutorial I've read in a long time. A must read for all of you IT tech wannabes out there.

It's one of those software design decisions that makes you scratch your head and wonder, "What were they thinking?" The "it" in this case is XP's most powerful rebuild/repair option, and yet Microsoft chose to hide it behind seeming dead ends, red herrings, and a recycled interface that makes it hard to find and (at first) somewhat confusing to use.

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6 Comments:

  • I dont know why they say its hidden, ive been using that option since XP came out, nothing new. But a good article for newbies that dont have any schooling in such matters

    By Anonymous c-wall, at 12:43 PM  

  • Yeah, I've also been using it forever... They probably say it's hidden because you can't find how to do this in basic xp docs.

    By Blogger Kiltak, at 12:49 PM  

  • It is always useful to have this information published as we cannot assume the regular self-supporting users know about this.

    Good article

    By Blogger Jamesy-Q, at 3:33 AM  

  • Cool. My brain's too fried to comprehend it at the moment but I have bookmarked it for later perusal. I guess I'm one of those 'regular self-supporting users' and I didn't know this. Thanks!

    By Blogger Princess Hurricane, at 5:55 PM  

  • I've been using that method for some time, but only to repair a buggered kernel temporarily.

    It should be noted that this should only be used as a stop-gap measure for the average user, as whatever has caused the problem in the first place probably hasn't been fully fixed.

    For the average user; backup regularly and reformat at least once a year.

    By Blogger sam991, at 8:05 PM  

  • Or, you could run a mac. Also helpful for gaming addictions, cuz there really aren't any (thank you very much) for the mac.

    By Blogger excitedVulcan, at 1:41 PM  

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