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XP Media Center SP3 Virus removal and Upgrade

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#1 hymnsinger2000


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Posted 05 January 2010 - 08:57 PM

I am new to Bleeping Computer.com

I subscribed to this site through the suggestions by Microsoft and Elephant

Have two computers both Dell Inspiron laptops. 1 new running Windows 7 and the old one Windows XP Media Center Sp3.

Hope to have help eliminating problems with old laptop. Have 17 year old son who visited unnamed sites and have infected it.

Will be installing new 80gb hard drive and upgrading to more RAM memory on old laptop and then installing Windows 7.

Any suggestions will be appreciated.


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#2 hamluis



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Posted 05 January 2010 - 09:34 PM

If you don't have a CD capability for installing MCE on the new hard drive...I would not do so yet.

The upgrade version of Win 7...executes a clean install of XP...but it does a search of the system before to see if the user actually qualifies to install said upgrade version of Win 7. What I did was leave my XP on one hard drive and installed Win 7 on a second drive, no problem. That seems like it would be a good procedure for you to follow. After Win 7 is installed on the new drive, you can just delete your XP install on the old drive and that takes care of any viruses and your now-useless MCE install.

Skip all that :thumbsup:, that applies only to desktops and you have laptops.

Although some of us have Win 7 installs on our systems...you can probably get more/better info re Win 7 situations by posting in that forum.



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