Posted 22 February 2010 - 11:42 PM
Thanks for all the help so far.
Basically, I have a Toshiba laptop. My girlfriend downloaded some uTorrent stuff on it, and it got a bunch of viruses. I wiped the viruses pretty much entirely off using stuff from the hijack this forums (Ran malware bytes, etc....) Anyways, just to be safe, I backed up my photos and everything onto an external hard drive and was going to reformat. It was formerly a vista machine, but it ran slow as hell (probably due to the viruses) and i went to reformat with an XP profession SP 2 cd I have. It's a hologram, genuine copy.
Anyways, I went to the BIOS, moved the CD-ROM drive ahead of the C:/, and set to boot to disk.
I booted from disk and was prompted to re-partition the hard drive. 2 partitions existed, a Toshiba partition, 1500MB, and a General Partition, named with a string of characters, (C2910hg...... or something). Here's where i think i went wrong. I didn't delete the toshiba partition, and simply reformatted the other existing partition using NFTS (quick).
Everything was looking peachy until I got to the Installing Windows (39 Minutes remaining!!!!) and I receive an error saying "Cannot find asms.exe." Which leaves me stuck in the loop as I'd described earlier.
Now, I shift+F10, and get a command prompt, but if i type regedit.exe, it says the system cannot execute the specified program.
I can F2 for setup, or F12 for boot device selection manager if i power off and reboot the machine, but once it gets past the Toshiba startup screen, I get stuck in this windows loop.
Hope this helps solve the problem, and thanks for all your replies!!!