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Booting Windows XP Again


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Romeyrome

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I've been having connectivity problems on my dell machine. I'm trying to clean up this machine for my friend, but I can't get rid of all the viruses. I tried using Norton’s 2005 anti-virus, but the machine won't allow me to download latest virus definitions and fixes from LiveUpDate. I've reinstalled windows XP about a dozen times already. Finally, I decided that I was going to do a clean install, which meant I would lose all my files. I was able to save some of the files to a server on the web. I was in the beginning of saving another file, when suddenly my computer shut itself off and rebooted. Now I'm unable to reboot. I tried rebooting in safe mode, but after initializing some of the commands it just freezes. I'm pretty sure I have a series of viruses on there, and I unable to boot from the reinstall disk that dell computer provided me. The machine doesn't have a floppy drive. What do I need to do in order to get the machine to boot, so I can run the programs that's been suggested to fix the viruses? I want to format the harddrive, and perform a clean install. But first, I have to get rid of all the viruses.

Thanks for any assistance.
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Hi Romey,

I suggest installin XP on a different hard-drive. Install Antivirus and latest updates. Then slave the virus prone disk to this drive and scan it for viruses and other malicious items.
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Thanks Samir7399, but I ended up reformatting and reinstalling Windows XP on my machine. I didn't have another hard drive to use at the time. Thanks again anyway!
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