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XP won't install

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#1 regen


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Posted 15 August 2010 - 12:50 PM

O.K. two hardrives, using one, the other I was using, virus got it. It's been formatted, tried to install XP it never finishes installing without and error message coming up,never the same one. Tried to run malwarebytes to check it, no success, everytime I try to get malware to scan that selected drive, it starts, but then scans the other drive. Device manager says the drive is working and a drive exsist for it. The XP version I have, issued for distribution with a PC(not mine I purchased the disc. and it's SP2. Can I go to windows safe mode and try to scan the drive?

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 01:02 PM

Also, on the drive I'm using had a virus, I was losing all memory even after after deleting another program, went to safe mode, ran Mcafee and Malware, apparently it worked. But now, when I open windows folder, there are folders with the names of KB946648, they are anywhere from 12kb to 300kb, what are these, they are notepad documents, but there are 200 of them.

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 01:03 PM

Is one set to Master and One to slave

Can you boot into Normal Mode

Usually Windows install make you formatted before it installs

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 01:13 PM

FWIW: IMO, installation problems (clean install) only originate from four possibilities.

a. The hard drive has problems or is not properly connected/jumpered.

b. The media is not a valid Genuine XP install CD, but rather a recovery/restore CD issued by a boxmaker (HP, eMachines, etc.)

c. The motherboard does not support IDE emulation/simulation and the user is trying to install to a SATA drive.

d. The media is dirty or damaged.

Of course...there are other possibilities revolving around other hardware items...or a failing CMOS battery...but I think of these as extraordinary possibilities. Included with these, I would add improper configuration of the BIOS.

Another oddity that can trigger problems...when the user has formatted a drive already...and then tries to use an known good XP CD to install on said partition. My belief is that the CD is set up to format and install...and may balk at proper recognition of a premade format.


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