How to Repair Windows XP without CD?

How to repair Windows XP safely and keep all my settings, programs, drivers, etc?

And even if you have the CD - without reinstalling it, losing data and spending a few more days installing all the drivers and programs again and adjusting all the settings?

If you've been using your system for over 1 year this question may become really urgent. Windows loses stability over time and you can't help it. But closing your eyes on every new error or crash may result in total system disability or even worse - data loss. Take steps to repair Windows XP how, even without CD. Don't wait until it's too late!

Alternatively, you could use the System Repair function (also known as "Repair Install"). However, there are several problems associated with the System Repair function:

  • Many Windows XP users simply DON'T have Windows XP setup CD because the system was preinstalled on their computers when they purchased them. The Microsoft Support will suggest making the CD for you and sending it to you for around $35. However, all you settings, drivers, updates and installations may be lost. And you'll have to wait to the disk to arrive.
  • Using it will remove any updates and service packs you have previously installed if they are not included on the Windows XP setup CD. All the updates and service packs must be applied BEFORE you connect to the Internet after Repair Install.
  • Repair Install is not foolproof. That is why Using System Repair function requires advanced computer skills. Making a single mistake or pressing a wrong key may result in Clean Install and losing of all your programs and settings, the contents of the Documents and Settings folder will also be deleted.
  • You'll have to backup all important data, just in case something goes wrong in the course of repair install.

Whenever Windows XP loses stability and begins to give you error messages, crashes, freezes and you don't know what's the cause of the problem, the first idea is to repair Windows XP by reinstalling it. However, even if you have the installation CD reinstalling Windows XP is inevitably associated with the loss of data, all personal settings and profiles, installing and adjusting all the drivers, programs and tools again and adjusting all the settings and the Internet connection.

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