Comfort factor. I understand that lol, I do things all the time because I feel more comfortable with doing it "that" way as opposed to something different.
So what model of Dell do you have and when did you get it (for instance a Dell Celeron345 2003)? Was Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 with Update Rollup 2 the Windows version you had before the problems and did that the disc that came with your computer? I'm thinking it did not because of the presence of the USBDEVID.MDM. Unless I'm mistaken, that file is on a partition that is used for recovery because yours came with a recovery disk, not a re-installation disc.
Wait, after re-reading both of your posts I'm a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight. You tried to do the recovery with the recovery disks that came with your computer. You were not successful so you got a disk from somewhere that had Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 with Update Rollup 2 and installed it. THEN you put your recovery disk back into the CD drive and ran it AFTER you had installed the other disk of XP? DO I have that right? OR:
You tried the recovery option and when that didn't work you put in the disc Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 with Update Rollup 2 that came with your computer and re installed the OS. (Note: I added the OR and everthing through this note AFTER I finished the rest of the post lol so if if this scenario is the correct one, let me know and ignore the other questions concerning the disc and recovery, you'll understand what i mean as you read on further).
What you want is for your computer to work the way it did before the malware afflicted you with emphasis on:
1). Your speakers (sound) working
2). Your browser to not be "flashy." (Can I assume you use not only IE, but IE7 instead of IE8?)
3). Your Dell splash screen back
4). Your recovery option back
A few more questions:
1). Did your computer come with a sound card or onboard sound?
2). When you used the other installation disk, did you reformat the hard drive?
3). Was the installation disk you used a disc from Dell? (I know there are several questions on this disk lol, so if it IS the disk that came with YOUR computer, just answer it once and ignore the other questions concerning it).
4). Do you know how to get to your BIOS (or boot menu) on start up?
EDIT: LOL stang, you are thinking the same thing I am...............
Edited by DeathStalker, 09 July 2009 - 07:19 PM.