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    No Boot, need help the get to boot restore--- hopefully!!

    In a few hrs, i'll be trying to help a friend get his XP home up and running. He has virues I'm told.

    Is there a step by step as the PC will not boot up, it goes thru bios and then nothing.

    Is there a virus CD that I can run to try to clean his PC up...?
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    If it's that bad you are better off booting one of the Linux CDs, connecting a USB hard disk and copying the data off. Then re-build from scratch.
    Make sure you account for all the data before the re-build and then virus scan the USB disk afterwards.

    cheers, Paul

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    I was also going to say, reinstall Windows. During the reinstall format the HD to rid of the viruses. After the reinstall, start a good software firewall, and AV/AM app and keep everything updated. Look through the Security and Backup forum for tips on security and Imaging. Imaging is something I consider the gold standard of backup for an entire HD. To restore from and Image takes about 10 minutes, assuming the Image is kept up to date. This means create new Images when changes are made on the PC. The longer since the last Image, the longer the restore will take.

    The best security scheme is not worth a dime if the user takes chances. Some say 90% of the security safety is the user habits. I'm not sure if the percentage is that high, but I believe it's more than half. Where do you surf, what attachments do you open without thinking, how often do you update. A user's habit can make a PC very security or veru insecure.
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    Well;
    Turned out he had a Dell and no recover CD and will be doing install/repair.

    Is there a free driver up-dater around ?

    The other thing is that I had to use my XP install disk with it's product key and understand that MS has a program to chg it to a different key (his Dell key), anyone have a link to that?
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    If it's a laptop the key is usally on a label on the bottom of the laptop...
    It's possible there is also a label on a desktop showing the product ID.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Banyarola View Post
    If it's a laptop the key is usually on a label on the bottom of the laptop...
    Another location that gets used now is inside the battery compartment (where the product key information won't get rubbed off).
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    You might have to contact MS about the key problem. I have had to contact MS a couple of times and it has been very painless. They are indeed there to help with activation problems.

    MS support article on activation problems.
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    Repair install is unlikely to remove the virus. Lots of scanning before giving it a clean bill of health.

    cheers, Paul

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