[pcductape] Re: pcductape Digest V3 #135

  • From: B4Wingler@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • To: pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2004 05:00:01 EDT


Drive D should contain an "Emergency Restore" set of files which should 
restore the computer to it factory (original) state.  With my XP laptop 
tapping the F10 key during bootup initiates the Emergency Restore function.  
Again, with my system I then get 3 options, the third one being a format and 
reinstallation of all the originals programs.  Any programs user installed will 
have to be reinstalled.  And unless there has been a backup made, user data 
will be lost with the reformat.  This should, however, get rid of the virii.


In a message dated 8/20/2004 3:08:01 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
ecartis@xxxxxxxxxxxxx writes:

> From: "Huntress" <sanneumann@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: Re: Virus Problems
> Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2004 08:48:00 -0400
> Hi Matt,
> First off, do you still have a Win98se boot floppy?  If so, use it to boot
> her system and dig around in the D drive to see what is there.  It probably
> contains all of her drivers and a copy of XP.  Look for \Windows and/or
> \Setup.  You can format the C drive without harming the D drive then do a
> thorough virus scan of the D to be sure.  Let us know how it goes...
> Sandi
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: <BREZZ132@xxxxxx>
> To: <pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Thursday, August 19, 2004 4:33 AM
> Subject: [pcductape] Virus Problems
> | Hi Guys & Gals - - -
> | My son brought me his girlfriend's PC to "fix".  He considers me somewhat
> of
> | a Guru on PC's.  There was a time that I was.  I lived thru the DOS &
> Windows
> | 1.0 period up until DOS 7 & W98SE. Heck, in the 60's I was even a member
> of
> | the Standard's Group that developed the ASCII code. (Only then we called
> it
> | "pass-key" for Proposed American Standard Code for Information
> Interchange) In the
> | late 90's my growth was stunted since I had a perfectly good, (albeit
> slow)
> | PC that did everything I wanted it to do.  I never ran or examined a PC
> running
> | Windows XP. And that is what son's girlfriend is running on an HP
> Pavillion
> | 515N.
> | Said girl cannot get her PC to access the Net. She had  the ISP reps talk
> her
> | thru several reinstalls of AOL and CS-2000 - - - but they all lock up half
> | way thru the install.  She took the PC to a friend who ran "SysClean" on
> it and
> | told her she had over a dozen viruses on her machine and that his software
> | could not clean all of the viruses.  He suggested reformatting the hard
> disk and
> | reloading XP.  And that is where I come in - - -as she pleaded with me to
> do
> | that task.
> | I really don't know where to start - - -
> | Her HP apparently has the hard drive partioned into a C and D but I'm not
> | sure whether her D drive, (full of HP stuff) can be safely reformatted. So
> I'm
> | asking  for some advice in this matter.  For example: Does XP have an
> equivalent
> | to FDISK and if it does, is there something special I should watch out
> for?
> | She can't find an XP install disk, (is it buried in the D drive?) and, if
> so,
> | can she use my son's XP cd to reload the Op System.  Etc, etc, etc.
> | I'm sorry this is so long but I thought some background would be useful.
> And
> | if you can't help, perhaps you could direct me to a site which might guide
> me
> | thru the format and reinstall.
> | Jupiter Matt

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