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Windows XP Boot Disc Freezes on "Windows Setup" Screen

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Windows XP Boot Disc Freezes on "Windows Setup" Screen

Post by MrSheen78 on Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:25 pm

Evening All

I recently got some nasty virus on my PC (W32/Virut.Gen or something). After seeing what could be done, it was apparent that the best way to get back to a properly working system would be to re-format the HDD and re-install Windows.

So, I've backed up the things I wanted to save by using Knoppix to access my files, bypassing Windows (but not any .exe files) and put my Windows XP Setup CD in. I changed the settings to boot from CD first and waited to go through the joyous occasion of re-installing windows. However, it got me onto the 1st blue screen that has "Windows Setup" at the top, and froze. Before it did, my floppy drive buzzed a little and the orange light on it came on. After that, the CD drive stopped spinning and the floppy drive light has stayed on.

I should have known it wouldn't be as simple as that. This virus seems to have really done a number on my machine! I've tried with my Sister's Windows setup disc and the same thing happened. Now, I get the feeling it's not a good sign, and that the virus has mucked around with something other than my .exe files, but I'm hoping someone here has been through the same thing or can help point me in the right direction.

Cheers
Chris

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Re: Windows XP Boot Disc Freezes on "Windows Setup" Screen

Post by theamp on Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:05 pm

Since you are reinstalling Windows, I would use a tool like GParted to delete the NTFS partition already on the drive.

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Re: Windows XP Boot Disc Freezes on "Windows Setup" Screen

Post by MrSheen78 on Wed Jun 02, 2010 11:17 pm

Cheers for that. I've downloaded GParted and will give it a go tomorrow. Ta Smile

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Re: Windows XP Boot Disc Freezes on "Windows Setup" Screen

Post by theamp on Wed Jun 02, 2010 11:18 pm

Good luck! Big Grin

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Re: Windows XP Boot Disc Freezes on "Windows Setup" Screen

Post by MrSheen78 on Fri Jun 04, 2010 11:31 am

Ok. I burned GParted to disc, ran it on my XP machine, deleted the 2 partitions that are on my hard drive, then re-booted and ran the Windows XP setup disc, but the same thing happened...floppy drive buzzed, and its light stays on while the setup freezes on the same screen.

Cheers for the tip, but do you think there's anything else I can try?

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Post by MrSheen78 on Sun Jun 06, 2010 1:23 pm

I ended up using Dariks Boot and Nuke software to wipe the hard drive again and this sorted the problem out Big Grin

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