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I've messed with the registry now my computer freezes. I want to remove old programs

By jckinnick
May 24, 2010
  1. jckinnick

    jckinnick TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 155

    Will i need to back up my files and programs just like i would if i were doing a reinstall?

    I adding the Windows XP components back have fixed it, it hasn't froze up yet today. I would still like to try and download the rest of those components they looked pretty important. Some of the ones i need to add back were stuff like Management and Monitoring Tools and Networking Services.

    Do you think when it froze up while i was trying to add the components back could have corrupted something?
     
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    For most of us, using the Windows disk in Repair Mode works better, and causes less damage, than doing your own repair and replacement. But if your good at it, get back to us with advisories we can learn from.
     
  3. jckinnick

    jckinnick TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 155

    So there's no other way to add back Management and Monitoring Tools and Networking Services than to do a repair?
     
  4. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,398   +169

    You really want to let Windows try to put the pieces back together. Not you trying to do not knowing what pieces are missing or how to find the right versions, etc.

    1) The repair will only touch Windows software and settings. It won't touch your personal data or program installs.

    2) Still there's no guarantees so you're best to backup all your stuff to begin with. At minimu a file/folder backup tho you might also want to create a backup clone image of the HD to always be able to return to where your at the moment

    3) The catch is: What SP level is currently installed? And what SP level is your Dell installation CDs? Or if you need to get some, you want the same SP level as what you have installed.
     
  5. jckinnick

    jckinnick TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 155


    Clone image of HD? I do have some Windows setting like desktop background.

    I currently have SP3 but i think the one on the cd is SP1.
     
  6. jckinnick

    jckinnick TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 155

    Whats clone image of HD mean?
     
  7. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,398   +169

    Rather then just backing up files/folders you backup a "snapshot" of your entire disk. Then you could have not just files/folders but you also have the option of restoring the entire disk image to get back to where you are now, if ever need be.

    For freeware, checkout EASUS Todo Backup. For a $$ product that also provides incremental backups and other extras, i use Acronis True Image Home 2010

    Also see this post
     
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