Dual Booting? Reinstall Windows Without Losing Your Apps & Settings

I’ve found a nice tip for something that always happens….you have to reinstall Windows XP.  I’ve had to do this twice in the past 2 years for my Windows box.  This is especially good for those of us that dual boot…Nothing frustrates me more of having to do a complete reinstall and losing all of my apps and settings in the process (as I did on my first reinstall).  So I set out to find a way to reinstall without overwriting the important stuffs.  A buddy of mine that I work with scribbled this info down onto a paper for me…if it is posted somewhere else or from another site, I apologize and please correct me so that I might give credit where credit is due.

To keep your settings and apps, follow the instructions posted here:

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I can’t get MySQL to work because of some sock error!

This is posted for those of us that use Slackware from time to time.

Take a deep breath…no wait. Take 5 deep ones.
Think happy thoughts.
Try the folowing:

su mysql
mysql_install_db

It could also be that your mysql libs are not ‘owned’ by your mysql user or that your mysql.sock file isn’t linked correctly. To correc this, try the following via shell

su root
ln -s /var/run/mysql/mysql.sock /tmp/mysql.sock
chown mysql /var/lib/mysql/*
chown mysql /var/lib/mysql/mysql/*

Now start mysql like this:

/etc/init.d/mysql start

If you can’t start it, change the file to start automatically during bootup and restart

chmod 755 /etc/rc.d/rc.mysqld
shutdown now
reboot