all web mail messages are saved on yahoo's email servers. theses are accessible from any computer, in other words if you reinstall you will still be able to get those messages becaus they are not save on you machine.
I guess that depends on your idea of what "saving" means. They won't look like they do on Yahoo.
You can save the text. Then download the attachment and save it. They will be 2 separate files on your hard drive or CD. If I get the drift of your entire thread, the answer is no. Not from Yahoo! Not from probably any web based email.
If you have the skill and the emails you want to save are made up of text and pictures, you could create a HTML file, copying the text and inserting the pictures and storing it on your hard drive/CD in one file together. Or if you have Word, you could do something similar. There is no easy way - as I feel that is what you are asking.
You can read up on getting/using a POP3 account with Outlook or Outlook Express. Or other email client. Run a search using Google. Here is a suggestion for how to word it: pop3 tutorial "windows XP"
If you are still worried about reinstalling XP, rest assured that will not affect your emails sitting over at Yahoo! The worst case, is that Yahoo! will lose them somehow.
According to the site, it works with all these email clients:
Forte Agent News/Mail Reader v1.93
Pegasus Mail 3.12c
Lotus Notes R6
Netscape Mail 4.x
Outlook Express 6
Then if you format and reinstall XP, you will have to backup your emails to a CD or otherwise.
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