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Infected XP - format then go Vista?

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#1 jweezy


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Posted 07 April 2009 - 01:01 PM

Hey guys... I spent a little while over at the infections forum because of a pretty bad virus. It seems my only option left is to format my hard drive.

I'm running a Dell Dimension 4600 SP1. At one point in time, I upgraded to SP2 and it fried my HD. Upon contacting tech support (who replaced my HD free thank goodness), I was told that some desktops simply are not compatible with SP2. I'm not sure of the validity of this, but understand that we are up to SP3 now...

So a few questions if anyone has the time:

How do I wipe my HD clean, as it likely has a virus still on it?

If I reinstall XP SP1, how can I get to SP3, and in that case, would it be considered foolish to try to upgrade the service pack again seeing as this toasted a HD already?

I have Vista on my laptop, and though I'm not a huge fan, would consider putting it on the desktop. Is this a viable option? Am I better off just reinstalling XP on the desktop and leaving my laptop to Vista?

Thanks, guys... I hate to have to format this thing, but as of now, it's a nonfunctional block of metal.


Edited by jweezy, 07 April 2009 - 01:09 PM.

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 07 April 2009 - 02:45 PM


Assuming that you have a MS XP CD...simply use the XP CD to delete everything (partition) on the drive. Doing a clean install will result in a virus-free install.


When someone makes a foolish statement...you have the choice to ignore such, believe such, or try to correct them. Whoever made this statement about SP2...was pulling you by the nose. I think I would have asked for some verification of such...I don't think it can be found on the Web.

If nothing else...consider all the claims that would have besieged Microsoft by now...if such were true.

You decide what's foolish.

Should you decide to install SP3 (which I would recommend), you can either do so using the WinUpdate website or you can download the network install of SP3 and install it from your hard drive. Just click on Start Download at the following:

Download details Windows XP Service Pack 3 Network Installation Package for IT Professionals and Developers - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/thankyo...;displayLang=en

You do not have to do a separate install for SP2, it is included in the SP3 download/install.

SP1 Needed To Install SP3 - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322389

Useful info:

Windows Xp Service Pack 3 (sp3) Information - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/146857/windows-xp-service-pack-3-sp3-information/

AumHa Forums Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) Installation Guide - http://aumha.net/viewtopic.php?f=62&t=33296


Sure, it's viable...if you have another valid license to install Vista on a computer. If not, it's not legal and probably won't make it past PA. Even worse, if you attempt to use the one Vista license that you have for two computers...they may both be denied as illegal.


That's your decision to make.


#3 jweezy

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Posted 07 April 2009 - 04:55 PM

K, I'm trying to delete the partition that windows is on (I believe)...

C: Partition1 [NTFS]

Hit D to delete... Setup is unable to perform the requested operation on the selected partition. This partition contains temporary Setup files that are required to complete the installation.

To continue press ENTER

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Posted 07 April 2009 - 05:09 PM

Hi, here is a link to help you through the process of reinstall the OS http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316941 go to method 1. Also do you have your drivers for your PC? If not you will need to download them first.
(you don't need to deleate the partition)

Edited by Monty007, 07 April 2009 - 05:11 PM.


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