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protein
12-05-2003, 11:52:34
My pc crashed with a dramatic blue screen or two and then the right mouse button stopped working. I tried re-installing the mouse driver but that didn't help. What should I do? What will I lose if I re-install Windows?

Bob
12-05-2003, 12:08:59
Windows XP?

protein
12-05-2003, 16:21:19
98

Scabrous Birdseed
12-05-2003, 16:23:03
Not much. A couple of settings, tops.

protein
12-05-2003, 16:29:09
I seem to remember having to re-install Reason and my sound drivers and losing all of my email addresses and previous emails last time I installed Windows. I might try getting a new mouse first.

Vincent
12-05-2003, 19:02:52
Sounds like a good idea

Sir Penguin
12-05-2003, 22:05:52
I don't think you can reinstall the Win98 files without formatting the partition, can you? If not, then you'll lose everything. If so, then you'll lose your registry, which means that you may have to reinstall most of the applications you've installed. (basically, this means that it's worth doing a format anyway, unless you have no way to backup your files (:hmm: ))

SP

zmama
12-05-2003, 22:09:29
Yeah you can do a "dirty" install of 98....just stick the cd in and reinstall. You still might end up having to do a clean one tho. In that case back up EVERYTHING you can't replace easily.

Darkstar
13-05-2003, 03:03:13
As has been said, reinstalling on top of your old installation loses your registry.

If you do a complete rebuild, you should backup everything first.

Scabrous Birdseed
13-05-2003, 13:13:48
Originally posted by Darkstar
As has been said, reinstalling on top of your old installation loses your registry.

The hell it does. You've never actually tried, have you?

Funkodrom
13-05-2003, 13:15:21
Originally posted by protein
I seem to remember having to re-install Reason and my sound drivers and losing all of my email addresses and previous emails last time I installed Windows. I might try getting a new mouse first.

Remind me when you come round tonight, I've got my old mouse you could borrow and try.

Darkstar
13-05-2003, 22:18:01
Scabby, actually, I have. About once every 7 months, when I was running Win98. :D

Installing Win98 on top of your Win98 wipes out your registry.

However, there are ways to copy over just a few of the basic kernal files that will not wipe out your Win98. Win98 corrupts certain of its own runtime 'kernals', AIR.

Sir Penguin
13-05-2003, 22:47:39
Kernel. As in the core of the OS. :)

As far as I'm concerned, copying over a limited number of OS files and leaving the rest is inviting disaster. It just leaves too much risk open to version conflicts, missing library functions and so on. For me, it's either spend a few hours reinstalling everything, or leave it the way it is.

SP