|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.