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Old 04-26-2006, 01:49 PM   #1
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I want to install Windows XP Media Center Edition ( I currently have XP SP2) but I need to know if I can do so without losing all my programs, videos, music etc.

Is this possible?

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I would backup all your data before doing so unless you upgrade Windows XP to Media Center. I wouldn't recommend upgrading because you will inherit whatever problems you have now. Then once you're done installing windows MC you can copy all your data back. You will need to reinstall all of your software if you started a fresh install of Windows MC
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As you already have SP2, I don't think there will be a problem....but check the release notes first :-)
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I'm not sure but it seems Xxcopy is able doing the thing you are talking about.. But it has a DOS interface and isn't easy enough.

There is its interface and commands description:


But actually, if you want to use your Windows MC in future, it is recommended to backup computer with your fresh installed systems and all your settings and necessary programs. If your system crashes or has any problems, you will be able to simply restore it.
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This why you always have data and operating system on seperate partitions.
If you operating system on a partition by itself, you can alway reformat or reinstall it without bothereing you data.

So if you do not want this problem in the future.
Copy all of your data, etc music, photos
Use fdisk to create at at least 2 partitions. One for operating system and second for data.
Reinstall operating system to one partition
Then copy all data to other partition

And from then on keep all data on data partition. And only use operating partition for system files.

This is system that has worked very well for me, I have been able to keep data, from Window95 thru Window98 and now WindowXp.
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