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my computer keeps restarting

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my computer keeps restarting

baggieboy13
for no apparent reason, my computer keeps suddenly restarting
it loads up perfectly fine, but onece i log into my account, its ok for about a minute, then the taskbar turns grey (to the old MS 2000 taskbar) and then the computer reboots. the same also appens if i leave the computer on the blue welcome screen with the accounts. i tried starting the computer up in safe mode and running a virus scan with Windows Defender, but that drew a blank.
i thought about a system restore, but my computer doesnt create them for some reason, and i cant create any either.
so yeah, if theres anyway to stop my computer restarting, and if there are any virus scanner and removers for free i can use, i would be grateful :)

seeing as i cant resolve the problem, and there are alot of other underlying, annoying issues with my computer, i have decided to do a complete reinstall of the system. i am not using the reboot cd as i wasnt issued with one. so, ive obtained the serial key from the i386 folder of the system, but when i click on the winnt32.exe file i get this message:
Setup cannot continue because the version of Windows on your computer is newer than the version on the CD.

Warning:If you decide to delete the newer version of Windows that is currently installed on your computer, the files and settings cannot be recovered.

what should i do from there?
my OS is Windows XP Proffesional
Service Pack 3
Made by hewlett-packard
version: 5.1 2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
model: HPd530 SFF(PB603A)
system type: X65-based PC
Processor: x86 Family 15 Model 3 Stepping 4 GenuineIntel~2795Mhz

any more system info needed, just say :)
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santeewelding
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But isn't Windows Defender defunct? That is, no longer supported? Therefore, no longer updated with fresh intel?

If so, no surprise it would draw a blank.

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baggieboy13
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yeah just did the research and it is defunct.
what can i use instead of windows defender to scan my computer and remove any viruses then?

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santeewelding
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Of the same diligent research.

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baggieboy13
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seeing as i cant resolve the problem, and there are alot of other underlying, annoying issues with my computer, i have decided to do a complete reinstall of the system. i am not using the reboot cd as i wasnt issued with one. so, ive obtained the serial key from the i386 folder of the system, but when i click on the winnt32.exe file i get this message:
Setup cannot continue because the version of Windows on your computer is newer than the version on the CD.

Warning:If you decide to delete the newer version of Windows that is currently installed on your computer, the files and settings cannot be recovered.

what should i do from there?
my OS is Windows XP Proffesional
Service Pack 3
Made by hewlett-packard

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santeewelding
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You research (remember "research"?) the i386 folder and the .exe files with Google, the way I just did to refresh my memory.

(I have no use for that route. Every box I built or had built was a white box, loaded by means of a full retail OS on physical CD/DVD kept under lock and key.)

May be, if you have a second machine, and with some gymnastics, you can migrate some stuff. But, not the OS. And not all the Service Packs loaded since way back when (snag an SP3 on CD, if you can).

Then, research your way out.

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baggieboy13
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yeah ive done all that.
ive backed up any files i want keeping.
ive put the winnt32.exe file to the desktop for easy access. i saw that you cant re-install windows with service pack 3 installed, so ive removed that down to servoce pack 1 and still no luck
just tried without service pack 1 and i still get the same error message

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Ron K.
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No model number=no manual. No manual=inability to see if there's a restore partition or the ability to make restore discs.

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.Martin.
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*poke tongue out at santee*

AVG
Microsoft Security Essentials (replacement for Windows Defender)
AdAware
MalwareBytes
Spybot Search&Destroy

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santeewelding
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Moons Martin.

You hand baggieboy on a platter what he owes himself to discover.

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.Martin.
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most of the time, I would agree with you, but with AV software and video conversion software, I take a stand. there is just so much junky AV programs out there that are actually viruses/trojans.