Just want to say, I really appreciate this website. I've gotten help 4 or 5 times in the past with malware issues for my and others' computers.
Now, please read this carefully. I've likely already tried all the "easy" stuff that you might automatically tell inexperienced users, and I can't figure out any other way to do it.
Anyway, I have a different problem now. I built my computer back in 2009, installed XP cause I was a broke college student (Now I'm a broke grad student). Yesterday, I was finally going to install Windows 7. I've got everything backed up, no problem, popped the CD in, got through all the steps, and the install froze on "Completing Installation."
Searched online for this problem, and found I should try unplugging all USB devices. Did that. Still frozen on that step. Burned a new dvd, this time not at full speed. Still froze.
Pulled my hard drive from my desktop and used a SATA to USB connector to wipe it with my laptop. Now, when I try booting from the CD, I get the disk boot failure message. I've fiddled around with the boot order quite a bit and nothing gets it to boot from the DVD drive.
Now I wonder if there is now no driver on the machine to run the DVD drive, so I made a bootable USB flash drive with the Win7 iso. Of course, my BIOS doesn't seem to have a boot from USB option, and still no matter what I do I get the same Disk Boot Failure message.
The only other thing I can think of to try is a USB DVD drive, but I don't have access to one aside from purchasing one.
Sorry about the lengthy explanation, but I figured it was important to tell you all the steps I went through to get to this point. My computer is the desktop listed in my profile. It has a boot drive, a data drive, and a DVD burner. No floppy. It has a Core 2 E7400 processor and 8 gigs of ram.
Thanks in advance for your help!