How to reinstall windows xp without disc?

January 25, 2011 at 15:07:36
Specs: windows xp
I need to wipe a computer and start from scratch with just the os system because I cannot stop a deeply embedded virus, however the computer did not come with a windows xp disc, just a product key. I cannot find winnt32.exe

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January 25, 2011 at 15:15:29
Can you go into safe made and restore to an earlier time?
Does your computer have a restore partition. Make,Model, Year???
Can you borrow a cd?.
Your specs above say you have that disk?

Don't wipe the drive. If you have a restore partition it's gone as well.

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January 25, 2011 at 15:25:58
I have tried system restore already to no avail, there must be some was to wipe my computer to just windows, i have already packed up important files on a disc

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January 25, 2011 at 16:02:27
Remove the virus! You need to do it free of the OS by running a scan from a bootable CD.

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January 25, 2011 at 16:07:29
I cant use the internet explorer, firefox or avg. I tried using malware bytes and spybot s&d but couldn't find the virus. The computer is a compaq presario 6400nx.

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January 25, 2011 at 17:16:52
I'd contact the OEM. They may sell the restore media for a small amount.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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January 26, 2011 at 21:00:10
You can use ComboFix to clean your computer since you have everything saved already. However, read the cautions carefully. Don't turn it off while it's running unless it tells you to.

After cleaning the virus off, you can do an XP repair and retain everything that you had.

Borrow an XP pro cd from a friend or buy a new one.

Do NOT reformat and reinstall as you will lose all your current programs and data.

In general you want to do a repair install and NOT use the repair console.

Detailed instructions for a repair install are here He deals with all sorts of problems. He also describes how to create an XP disk with the service pack included easily.

If you can no longer do a repair install or find it too complicated, DO NOT reformat and reinstall as this will wipe you out and leave you with nothing but the operating system. You would have to reinstall all your programs and much of your data would be inaccessible.

Reimage can repair your system even if a repair effort fails if you can get to the Internet. It costs a little but it is well worth it to save your data. It takes about 30 minutes and preserves your programs and data. If you are not happy with the results, you don't have to pay and you can reverse any changes that it made. It's good for a year, there's 24/7 tech support and it repairs XP, Vista and Windows 7 too. More information here

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January 30, 2011 at 16:28:06
Perhaps before attempting to a rebuild/repair or whatever...

First safe-guard data (agin - before attempting to rebuild/repair a working system...) using a knoppix or ubuntu disk (linux variants on a cd/dvd). Boot with either and you can then transfer data off to optical-media. Verify the copies are OK of course; then set about the rebuild/repair options - much as detailed in post 6.

Also while booting via knoppix etc... go on-line to and look for their housecall - freebie on-line scan utility. Let it do just that - a full scan. Anything that is quarantined on the HD - delete it.

If this on-line scan doesn't resolve the original pests problem... then consider the options as in post 6.

Once you have a clean (rebuilt if needs-be) system... make a backup of the installation. I favour Acronis as it's user-friendly and "duz wot sez on the box..."

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January 30, 2011 at 17:48:27
I don't have an installation CD for Windows XP - what if I need one?
I have no CD - how do I get at Windows XP setup?

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