lomn75 said:See my post above
lomn75 said:Yes to the other. Stick in your XP CD and select the option to upgrade the current windows install. Leaves everything but the OS intact.
b1m2x3 said:in winxp, is there any way to format,but leave select files on the computer?
Phoenix86 said:jimnms, you realize your arguing about the same thing. An inplace upgrade is another term for it, there is really only one way to do this with the XP CD that doesn't obviously delete your partition. The only other option from booting the XP disk would give you the recovery console.
When you boot the XP CD, you can do 4 things.jimnms said:The upgrade is not the same thing I described. I have done both before. If you do the upgrade/repair option, it installs XP over the old install. It still leave your files in place, and you do not have to reinstall programs.
What I described is the closest thing to formatting without actually formatting. You get a clean install of XP, but it does not delete your files (other than the window directory), but you will have to reinstall programs because it is a clean install of XP.