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re installing windows


Hrosir

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I recently had to repair my windows Vista installation following system crash. I tried the repair option but this did not resolve the problem and I tried running chkdsk with the same result. Each time the pc boots it loads briefly, blue screen then attempts to reboot again ad infinitum. Having a new disk handy I reinstalled Vista on to the new drive and made this the new boot drive thereby bypassing the faulty op system, As I expected the pc booted up with no problems. However, most of my programmes are still on the old disk, and I cannot acess them. My question is this; will I be able to delete the windows installation on my original drive, then reistall it thus letting me use my progs as before? I dont want to delete my progs as I no longer have the install disks, Finally as things stand, Microsoft wont let me register my Vista install as it is still finding the original install drive?

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BRYNIT

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As installed programs are connected to the registry deleting windows will not help you will still loose the programs.

If you can boot into safe mode you could try doing a Vista upgrade Click Here for some info.

The problem could be the hard drive. You could try cloning Vista onto a clean drive and then try using the repair option.

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Hrosir

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If as you say, progs. are linked to the registry, wouldnt that be the same as reinstalling windows on the same drive. Nothing will have changed, only replacing a faulty windows installation? Could I register my windows key if I disconnected the old drive, thereby not showing the original drive in use?

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