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Chapter 2. Troubleshooting Windows XP an... > Performing a Repair Installation

Performing a Repair Installation

Although Windows XP is designed to be harder to break than previous versions, it's not bulletproof. If you have severe problems with Windows that can't be solved with System Restore, consider performing a repair installation (also referred to as an in-place upgrade by Microsoft).

A repair installation, as the name implies, is designed to preserve your existing Windows configuration while replacing corrupt files and repairing incorrect settings. You should make a backup copy of your data files (stored in \Documents and Settings\Username for each user of your PC) before performing a repair installation in case of problems. However, a properly performed repair installation will preserve data files while (usually) producing a better-running Windows.


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