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XP Home Clean Reinstall.... Help


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#1 Mullet2

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 05:59 AM

I am trying to do a clean reinstall with XP Home OEM after having aquired a Trojan-Spy Win 32@mx infection. I need to know how to boot from the OEM disc to reinstall XP. and any other instructions. When I connect my LAN line my computer freezes and I have to force it to shut down.

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 07:15 AM

if its a restore disk from a manufacturer you should just be able to put it in and start the comp. and boot from cd when it asks you to. If its an XP disk by itself *like one you bought from the store* you'll need the product key for it to work. If you lost it (like i did) you want to get a program like http://pcsupport.about.com/od/productkeysa...jbkeyfinder.htm which will tell you the key you have installed.

Also on a sidenote to avoid complications you should either write down the entries from device manager or take screenshots of them and put them on a cd or something to make the hassles of reinstalling easier. if you only have the one computer you want to put the drivers for your modem/ethernet adapter on there also.

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 09:11 AM

When you restart your computer rapidly tap F1 until you enter your BIOS. After that go over to "BOOT" and make sure that your DVD/CD Drive is selected to boot first. You change it by using the Plus and Minus Signs on the left hand side of your keyboard. Then just Exit and SAVE changes. And it will boot from your CD.

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 12:48 PM

and then for a step by step with graphics go here: http://www.theeldergeek.com/xp_home_install_-_graphic.htm


This will take you through the whole process of a clean install.

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 03:34 PM

When you restart your computer rapidly tap F1 until you enter your BIOS.


The key to press may not be F1 as different manufacturers use different keys or key combinations. When the computer first starts, look for a message telling you which key to press to enter the setup utility. If no such message is present but a logo for the the computer (i.e. Dell, HP, etc.) try pressing the Pause|Break key (usually located on the top right of the keyboard by the number pad.) This should pause the boot process and display diagnostic messages including which key to press for the setup utility. Press that key to enter the setup immediately.

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 07:52 PM

Please let us know the make and model of your system so we can specify which key will take you into your BIOS.
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Posted 16 December 2008 - 07:07 AM

Thanks for all your help. I found that I had to enter 'Del' to enter the BIOS and it was not too hard to follow through the process. So far all is well but I haven't reloaded too much stuff yet. I have tried warning my "Grandies" not to go downloading any strange stuff. Anyway thanks again and will post again if any hassells occur.

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 12:18 PM

I have tried warning my "Grandies" not to go downloading any strange stuff.


But...but... then what's the internet good for if not downloading strange stuff?




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