Iíve had a virus for a few weeks and itís come to the point where I have to reinstall, my pc (windows xp) wonít start in any mode. I need help reinstalling windows. Luckily I backed up all my data, so I donít mind reinstalling.
Hereís some info:
Before the crash, windows hadnít updated for more than a month, and I know for a fact it was supposed to.
Windows finally did update, to my surprise. The files installed on shutdown. After that, I havenít been able to start windows in any mode.
I have the windows cd that came with my computer, so I changed the boot sequence in the blue setup screen (bios?) to boot from the cd drive so I can reinstall.
The system says there are 4 partitions in my hard drive.
Windows xp was running in partition 2.
It says that the size of partition 2 is 73 GB. The original size of the hard drive is 80 GB.
It also says the space remaining in partition 2 is 48 GB, which I think is what I had available before the crash, so I guess the data is still there.
The other 3 partitions are small (2 GB or less)
When I try to reinstall, itís asking me which of the 4 partitions to install to. I chose partition 2 and got a message that installing to that partition might cause conflicts with the ďother operating system installed in that partitionĒ, meaning the windows xp that crashed. I thought I was reinstalling, but apparently the system thinks Iím trying to install a second operating system.
I get an option to delete partition 2.
I also get an option to try to recover the system using the recovery console, which I know nothing about.
So after all of that, I chose to install from the cd to partition 2. The process started, went on for a few minutes, then a message appeared saying the computer had to restart, and it did. As soon as it restarted, the message ďpress any key to boot from cdĒ came up, so I pressed a key. But the installation didnít pick up where it had left off, instead it started over again. So it restarted again after a few minutes, just like the first time, and this time I didnít press any keys when the message appeared. The install process either continued or started over again (I donít remember which), but this time it went almost all the way through. Just when I though it was almost over, the processed stopped and I got no more messages.
What do you think I should do?
Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks.