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Chris Green

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Okay, I know I've seen many many post on this topic but i can't seem to find one that has every one of results. Recently I recieved a virus. I dont recall the name but It was after i accidently clicked on McAfee. I never use McAfee on my Desktop. It didn't seem so bad until i got a red and black screen that replaced my background and it stated "YOUR COMPUTER IS INFECTED!!!". It was really creepy. In retaliation, I immediately tried to download AVG virus remover because it fixed my laptop when it was down so i trusted the program. After downloading the program I started it immediately and left it to do it's thing. Upon my return the computer seem to have been restarted and there was a log in screen which alarmed me because I am the only one that uses this computer so it should always bypass this screen. I tried to log in and i saw my back ground for a brief second and it flashes back to the log in screen. From then on it just got worse. I am unable to log into Safe Mode of any kind. Last Known Good Configuration goes to a black screen and restarts. It is the same for Debugging mode and every other mode. I, just like almost every one else that has had a desktop for a few years, misplaced the Recovery CD's that came with it. I don't care about the data anymore, i just want access to my computer again. Is there ANY way of getting inside? Like, Is there a way to erase my hardrive from where i am? What could I do????
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First of all let's try to save the data you may have and then we will work on a fix or format if needed..

Get Puppy Linux from my signature below...Get puppy-2.16-seamonkey-fulldrivers.iso download it and burn it to cd
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if you don't have a burning program that will burn .ISO files get Burncdcc from my signature...it is a small FAST no frills iso burning program...

NOTE...do not put a blank cd in until burncdcc opens the tray for you
1. Start BurnCDCC
2. Browse to the ISO file you want to burn on cd/dvd ....in this case its puppy-2.16-seamonkey-fulldrivers.iso
3. Select the ISO file
4. click on Start

make sure in the bios the cd drive is the first boot device....

put the cd in the cd drive..boot your computer....puppy will boot and run totally in ram...if your hardware is is good working order you will know...
after you get it running and your at the desktop...you take the puppy linux cd out and then you can use the burner to copy all your data to cd/dvds
you can also use it to backup your data to a external usb harddrive..just have it hooked to the computer when you boot up with puppy...

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quick guide for saving data...music..files on a system that will not boot using puppy Linux..


after you get to puppy desktop..
click on the drives icon...looks like a flash drive...top row..it will list all the drives connected to

your computer...

click on the red icon for the drive you want to mount...in this case its a flash drive ...puppy will

mount the drive..the drive icon turns green when its mounted...
minimize the drives mounter window..you will need it again in a few minutes..
drag the right edge of it sideways to shrink it to its narrowest size...about half the width of the screen...then drag the window to the right edge of the screen...

now click on the icon that looks like a filing cabinet (kind of yellow) on the main drive...it should
already be green..
you will see a list of all the folders on the main drive Usually your C: drive..shrink that window to
the narrowest you can..about half the width of the screen...drag that window to the left side of the screen...
at this point you should have 2 windows open on your desktop..the flash drive on the right side..
go back to the folders on the C: drive...click on the documents and settings folder...then your user
name or all users..find the folders that has your data..
drag and drop the folder with the data you want to make copies of to the flash drive window...

your options are to move ..copy ect...JUST COPY..if its to big you will have to open the folder and
drag and drop individual files until the flash drive is full...(I have a 120 GB external USB drive for
big data recovery jobs and a 4 GB flash drive for the smaller jobs)..after you get the files copied to
the flash drive...
Click on the drives mounter you minimized earlier
UNMOUNT THE FLASH DRIVE by clicking on the green icon..you will once in awhile get error messages when
unmouting the drive..ignore them..when the flash drive icon turns red again its safe to remove the
flash drive..trot on over (stroll if you want to look cool) to another computer and plug in the flash

drive and copy all the data files ( I drag and drop) to the other computer..
make sure the other computer can read them...

now delete the data on the flash drive...take it back to the misbehaving computer and plug it in

again..click on the drives icon again and repeat until you have all your data transferred to the working
system..

Thanks to happyrock
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There is no ISO file called memtest86.iso in the puppy-2.16-seamonkey-fulldrivers.iso folder :) .
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Memtest?
Huh?
What i'm trying to get is for you tobe able to backup your important data using puppy linux to do it. Memtest I'm not sure where that came from.
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Mkay, well here's where I am. I downloaded BurnCDC. I clicked on your link and downloaded Puppy 2.16 seamonkeys-fulldrivers.iso. After that I downloaded the ISO file and burned it onto a blank DVD rom disc. When it was finished I went over to my PC and inserted it into the first drive. I rebooted my computer and then it just acted like normal as if I never put anything in. Am I doing something wrong?
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When you downloaded the puppy did you click on the file to unzip it and then it should have unzipped into a folder where you would have found the ISO file.
Then with burncdcc you navigate to the folder and chose th iso inside the folder.
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Update***
Well me and my girlfriend, actually just my girlfriend, figured it out. I pressed F12 ans went to the CD ROM option and went to the setup.
Now that I am copying the files, what do I do about the desktop fixing?
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Puppy will allow you to backup your data files so they are safe. when that is all done we will attempt to do a usernit.exe fix first. Then if that doesn't work we will do a repair installation. When you have your data safe let me know and we will continue.
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Are you booting the computer from the Puppy linux CD. If so, puppy will run from the CD in memory.
Follow Rshaffer61 instructions in post 2.

We want to save the data first and then repair the system.
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Alrighty. I drag-and-dropped all of my desired files onto a flash drive and transfered them safely to my laptop. I am ready for the next step
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Put your winxp cd in cd drive and reboot your system
When prompted to push any key to boot to cdrom then click a key
Click R to enter recovery console

Type the following

expand d:\i386\userinit.ex_ c:\windows\system32
click enter

Once it says 1 file copied
Then type exit and click enter
System will reboot
Make sure to remove winxp cd before it boots up and let it boot fully
Windows should start normally

If not post with result 



If you have no XP cdrom then try this method





Give this a try. Without knowing a little more about what caused the problem, I can't guarantee it will work...and it requires the machine you make the disk on AND the machine you are fixing are both running XP.

Please download RC.ISO and save it somewhere you can find it.
Also download MagicISO.

Start MagicISO. You should see a window informing you about the full version of MagicISO.
In the bottom right select Try It! and the program will open.
Click on File and then on Open and navigate to the RC.ISO file you downloaded. Select it, and click Open.

First, we'll need to add a clean version of userinit.exe to the current RC.ISO

* In the upper right pane, double click on the i386 folder.
* Right click in the upper right pane and select Add Files...
* Navigate to C:\Windows\System32 and select userinit.exe
* Then click Open to add userinit.exe to the CD image.
* Click File and select Save As...
* Name the file RCplus and save it somewhere you can find it.


Next, we'll need to burn the newly created image to a disk that we can use to fix the problem.

* Put a blank CD-R disk in your CD burner and close the tray. If an AutoPlay window opens, close it.
* Click on Tools and select Burn CD/DVD with ISO.... A window will appear.
* Click on the little folder to the right of CD/DVD Image File then navigate to the newly created RCplus.iso Image file and click Open.
* In the CD/DVD Writing Speed drop-down menu choose the 8X setting.
* Under Format make sure that Mode 1 is selected.
* And finally, click on the Burn it! button to burn RCplus.iso to disk.


Once the disk is burned, put it in the machine you want to fix and restart it.
Boot to the CD just as you would with a Windows XP disk.
At the Welcome to Setup screen, press R to enter the Recovery Console.
Choose the installation to be repaired by number (usually 1) and press Enter.
When you are asked for the Administrator password, enter the password or leave it blank (default) and press Enter.

At the C:\Windows> prompt, type the following commands pressing Enter after each one. Note: Watch the spaces.

D:
cd i386
copy userinit.exe c:\windows\system32
exit


After putting in the third command, you should receive the message 1 file copied which will indicate that the operation succeeded.
Now take out the CD and reboot your computer to normal mode. Try to log in and it should let you back in.

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Ooookay, I ran into a couple of problems that I had to work through. My laptop runs on Vista and my desktop runs on XP. But i didn't stop there. The link that you provided for me(for the Magic ISO) was broken so what I did was go to the site and downloaded "Site 1" on the download page. After that, I opened Magic ISO and followed the steps all the way up to the burning. I couldn't find the 8X speed. It when 24, 20, 12, and several 10X. I went with the 10X and i took that CD put it into my desltop and booted from it. I went into recovery mode and entered your code, but when I got to the code "copy userinit.exe c:\windows\system32" it said "Access Is Denied" and that is as for as I went. What to do now?
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I think there were a couple of steps missed. In the instructions you need to have another system running XP to get the right usernit.exe file from and then create the iso with the new file. Is it possible to borrow a XP cd from a friend or co-worker?
It has to be the same type you have on your system... Home, Media or Pro
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Well, I called a friend but most of my friends run on vista as well. I know someone with XP but he is almost impossible to get ahold of. Just in case I am unable to get ahold of her, what is the method for the repair installation you mentioned in the previous replies?
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You will have to have the XP cd to do this.

What I would suggest you do is to Backup your Data Files.
For this I would suggest using a External Hard Drive Enclosure. This will allow you to keep your Important Data safe and Separated from the main system in case of problems. The cost for this kind of Backup System has come down a lot. I would suggest a 500 Gig capacity for your needs. Since you will only be Backing Up Data Files Only this should be sufficient to do that for you. Follow the next two links to see examples of the price you will be looking at.
HERE
HERE

I suggest going to Microsofts Backup Tutorial and follow the steps to do a Backup to a External Drive and also it will guide you on how to do a Scheduled Backup even at night.

Another way you can do a Backup is by using DVD’s. This method is just as effective and can be done using the same steps as above.


After the above is done then go on to the next step.



Repair Installation Instructions

· Insert your Windows XP CD in your CD-ROM and then Restart your computer.
· At the first post screen start tapping the Del key to enter System Bios
· Find the Advance Options or Boot Sequence screen.
· You will need to change the boot sequence so that the CDrom is first and the HD is second.
· Press F10 to Save and Exit and then press Enter to accept.
· The system will now reboot
· When the "Press any key to boot from CD" message is displayed on your screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.
· When you see the following message displayed on the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER
· To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.
· At this point an option to press R to enter the Recovery Console is displayed. DO NOT SELECT THIS OPTION.

· On the Windows XP Licensing Agreement screen, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.
· Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected and highlighted in the box, and then press the R key to repair Windows XP.
· Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Setup.

You can also go HERE
to read a step by step tutorial with screenshots.
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