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Xmann
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« on: December 04, 2004, 04:59:50 AM »

To make a long story short, a buddy of mine recommended to reinstall Windows XP because of a problem i was having with my computer.  Although i've never done any type of windows install, i took his advice and reinstalled.
What is bothering me now is that i can only see the recycle bin icon on the desktop and no other files.  I was certain i seen a message that said it would save all my settings and files, yet i see nothing.  Additionally my buddy said i wouldn't lose anything as well.
What the heck did i do or is there something else i need to do?
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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2004, 06:02:56 AM »

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... is there something else i need to do?


Sounds like you need to beat your friend with a bat. smile

Really, though, we need more info. Did you format the drive, then install? install 'over the top' of your existing install?

how is your hard drive partitioned? (is it one big C drive, C & D, etc)

Seriously, I'd get your friend to get his ass over there and help you fix it, since he led you to do something you were apparently unfamiliar with.  

Man, I hope you didn't lose a bunch of important data.
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2004, 06:05:42 AM »

good news!  windows just had the icons not displayed and once i found them i was able to find all my files again.  boy i was sweating that one out.  there were some things on there i couldn't have replaced.
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2004, 05:12:52 PM »

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I was certain i seen a message that said it would save all my settings and files...


If you don't format (looks like you didn't) you will not lose any files, but your settings don't carry over. So you have to re-setup your preferences so to speak.
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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2004, 06:28:19 PM »

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good news!  windows just had the icons not displayed and once i found them i was able to find all my files again.  boy i was sweating that one out.  there were some things on there i couldn't have replaced.


you should never put yourself in that situation.  if you don't backup stuff regularly, either to dvd or a separate HD, you will eventually lose it.
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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2004, 06:44:19 PM »

You will probably have to reinstall all of your programs as well.  The Windows reinstall probably wiped out the registry where most programs store settings data.  So it could be that alot of your programs will no longer function properly until you reinstall them.

I never recommend that anyone reinstall over top of a current installation.  The best thing to do is back up your data, format the drive and reinstall everything from scratch.  This gives the best results, a clean slate and usually prevents wierd funky problems from surfacing in the future (those due to the reinstall at least).

And I agree with Yossarian, back up your data now.  Copy it to another hard drive, CD, DVD something.  If it is important to you back it up now or you might lose it forever.
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