Reinstall after virus

March 30, 2010 at 03:29:47
Specs: Windows XP pro sp2, duocore 2.8GH/2GB
Dear all, I had a virus attack and the only thing that would solve the problem was reinstalling. Now I have two hard drives. C 500GB and D 80GB, the latter just used for storing bits and pieces., the former containing the bulk of my installed programs .
Those I didn't want to lose so I chose the windows install option that offered to respect the existing folders as far as possible.

It was a couple of days later when I realized the option which I described above had installed the new clean winXP on the D disk.

Every time the program starts it pauses and gives me a choice of apparently two identical winXPs to

If I don't do anything after a few seconds it runs the new winXP which is on the D HD.
At this point I thought it wasn't important which of the two systems I used, but I'm beginning to see I'm wrong.

Any of the programs which now needed re installation attention to get them running correctly were being reinstalled on the D drive.

There-in lies the problem.
A lot of the more expensive/serious programs give you an installation code based on a disk ID.
Meaning the disk ID of the C drive is not the same as the ID of the D drive, so the installation fails.

I thought well I could try zapping the windows installation on the C drive, because besides taking up some space, it still had the original virus induced problem of missing files that were crippling the operation of windows on the C drive..

Another possibility would be try to zap everything on the C drive but the mind boogles at the time needed to restore the installed programs. I thiink I have the originals of the most important ones but then again if I haven't then I'm really up the creek.




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March 30, 2010 at 05:07:09
Can you boot into the Windows installation on the C drive? It may be simpler to do this and then address the virus issue. Start with Malwarebytes or any other anti-virus app that you can find.

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March 31, 2010 at 10:40:25
many thanks for the help, especially filtering out virus advice.

I couldn't wait so I pulled the plug on both systems after backing up essential files.
To my pleasant surprise, my folder structure was still intact and I'm back to normal( what ever that is :-)

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