can i reinstall windows but keep all my files?

By trojansrthenemy
Jan 16, 2007
  1. i have a virus and want to reload my computer but i would like to save the trouble of saving everything on dvds. can i reinstall windows but keep all my files?
    thx in advance
  2. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415

    Hi Trojansrthenemy and welcome to the TS Forum :wave:

    If you have a virus, then reloading it will not clear the virus, you need to either post your issue in the security section with details of your virus, where someone will advise you on the best cleaning method, or backup all your data and reformat the drive and do a clean install.

  3. trojansrthenemy

    trojansrthenemy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    problem is the virus was almost uncleanable w/o going to the recovery console and deleting because it was a winlogon.exe dll. i had sp1 on a cd but i couldnt go to recovery console because i had sp2 on my computer. anyway i did a reformat, thats what i meant by reload sry, and it cleaned it up. btw the virus was trojan, there are several other threads about it on here that were very helpful and also depressing :). Thanks anyway for your help
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