Installing XP under special circumstances?

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January 1, 2011 at 10:31:37
Specs: Windows XP, E5200, 4GB DDR-II RAM
Hi, I think my XP is infected with a virus that no AV can remove.
I can not remove it manually too.
So, I want to delete all of the Windows XP folders and then do a fresh Windows XP install.
Problem is that I have about 250 GB of useful information on the same partition where my infected XP is. This info is in separate folders on the partiton, siting next to the Windows folder.
I don't want to waste time and backup all of that useful info on DVDs.

My first question is: how to remove the infected XP? Shouild I just delete the Windows folder from my alternative, non-nfected XP that is sitting on another HD?

Second: will a fresh install of Windows XP delete all the 250 GB useful information or will the XP installer just create a new folder and leave everything else intact?

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January 1, 2011 at 13:06:24
It may be useful or it may be virus infected too.

I'd resize the partition then make some small partition at the end to store this data. Then install new xp to the new smaller first partition.

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

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January 2, 2011 at 09:06:40
I think the useful info is clean from viruses.
Maybe I will just take the risk and see if Windows is going to install without destroying all of the needed stuff.

Crfeating a partiton is smart. Kind of messy but still a smart chicie.
But how to get rid of the original installation, so that it doesn't appear in the boot options?

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January 2, 2011 at 09:20:55
as long as your folders are not in any of the windows folders like documents and settings a clean reinstall without format will only replace windows and not touch your data.

Do understand the malware/virus can still be around if you don't wipe the drive first.

Data on another partition would have no benefit in this situation since anything on the drive or any drive connected to the system can get infected.

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