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Unable to reboot after XP repair


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#1 Nigelajodha

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 09:40 PM

Hi everyone,
Neighbour asked me to come check his PC. He had unsolicited software and after a virus scan and Spyware scan I decided to re-install Windows. It loaded ok with serial key and all, however. On reboot, I got my DOS screen then went onto my XP splash screen. Then nuttin!!!. Just blank. The machine is on but there is no processor light flashing. I retried and did a safe mode . Same thing, it loaded all the various files then nuttin!!
Its embarassing as the neioghbour had use of his machine before, now he has nothing :thumbsup:

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 09:47 PM

Your title says a XP repair. Your post makes it sound like a fresh install. So we can help better which did you do?

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 06:45 AM

I did a re-install of Windows in its folder. That way it would not affect the persons files.

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 09:51 AM

If the machine is infected. Certainly sounds like it is then this type of install will do little or nothing to correct the situation. It will replace overwrite Windows files but not do anything concerning the infection.

Is there another computer that the affected hard drive can be connected to as a secondary drive? You can then pull the owners data from it. Format the drive and do a clean install.

Or in order to get the PC to a usable state perhaps a repair install would work.

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 05:41 PM

Well I seem to have done enough damage. My neighbour has politely discouraged any furthur checking of the machine by me. Like I said it had an illegal copy of XP and by them activating updates it picked it up and Windows Genuine pop up came on , along with the dissappearance of their desktop wallpaper. They were slowly losing connectivity. All I did was to reload my copy of Windows in the Windows folder and after the XP splash screen the machine just went blank. No BSOD but a blank screen. The machine was powered on as the CD-Roms were opening but the processor light was inactive. The same thing with Safe mode. I could get into safe mode but after it started loading the various files it would freeze and again there was no processor activity light and the blank screen. Its a clone machine running an AMD Turbo 4400+ board. They could not find their original driver CD's so I just used my Win XP ( Corporate) CD.

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 06:01 PM

Like I said it had an illegal copy of XP



Sorry. But I saw no reference to an illegal copy of XP in your first post.

The discussions or aiding in dealing with pirated\illegal\cracked software is forbidden on the Board.

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 06:49 PM

They had an illegal but my copy is legit. No one is still allowed to restore someone's machine with legit software?

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 06:55 PM

Walking a fine line here I think. Using your copy, probably a single User`s Lic. already tied to your PC, to repair a cracked copy of XP.

I will have to ask the Powers that be to get clarification. But I do`t hold out much hope.

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 07:20 PM

If you want to use your legal copy to fix their cracked copy, that is up to you
Still our rules are quite clear:

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