Can't Change Boot Setup
Posted 21 June 2011 - 12:31 PM
Posted 21 June 2011 - 02:08 PM
1. Is the XP you are installing available for use. By that I mean is the product key in use already. If it is, and it is the usual one use licence then even if it installs, it will at the first update attempt, fail when Microsoft detects the key is already in use.
2. It is extremely unlikely that with Win2000 installed the computer will have a SATA hard drive, so whilst you will not have the usual attendant problems of installing XP to a SATA drive. you do need to ensure, before you format, that the computer hardware and ram will run XP. It is LIKELY it will.
CD may already be first boot device, have you tried it. If not enter setup by, keep tapping F2 on first post screen, it may not be F2, although it usually is, it will tell you on first post screen - TO enter setup press ?
Posted 21 June 2011 - 03:49 PM
Posted 21 June 2011 - 04:33 PM
You need to completely format the hard drive, create just one partition - the whole drive and then proceed with the install
There is another note of caution.
Is that installation CD you are using the Microsoft XP installation CD, as if it is an OEM disc, that is original equipment manufacturer for say a Dell, Hp or whatever and you are trying to use this on another system there is every chance it will not work anyway.
Normally, with such a message I would recommend that you go to the Malware forum, as these matters cannot be dealt with in this forum, they can only be dealt with by a certified malware advisor, but as you are going to format the HDD and install XP, that course of action is not necessary at this stage.
Please tell me at exactly what stage in the procedure you used you received this message
Posted 22 June 2011 - 07:44 PM
Posted 23 June 2011 - 06:12 AM
DO NOT FORGET the anti-virus installation.
Here are some of oiur recommendations
One of the best free, using little resources compared with many others and frequently updated and very unobtrusive is Microsoft Security Essentials.
My advice is to keep away from any of the products offered, some from well known names, that include what they call, their Tune Up programs. There have been quite a few reports of problems from these, which are basically automated ways of disk clean, disk defrag and cleaning browswer files, all of which should be done on a regular basis. However many include a registry cleaner which SHOULD NOT BE USED at anytime on any computer.
Good luck with it.
Posted 23 June 2011 - 11:59 AM
Posted 23 June 2011 - 01:27 PM
Therefore they will not clash.
Use MSE for your real time protection.
Depending on your usage and the nature of your browsing use Malwarebytes and SAS for periodic scans, once a week or so.
When scanning with one of these always disable MSE.
Any AV or Anti spyware scan can be adversely efected by the presence of another running program of that sort.
Posted 23 June 2011 - 02:41 PM
Posted 23 June 2011 - 06:18 PM
A full scan is not deemed necessary by Malwarebytes, except when recommended by a qualified Malware expert, as for instance in the Malware forum of this site.
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