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I Made a boot disk to get me to command Prompt but then what?

By dreanime2 ·
I Made a boot disk to get me to command Prompt but then what? I dont know the commands to put in. So Can I get some help?? thanks.

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by TheChas In reply to I Made a boot disk to get ...

What do you want / need to do?

What version of Windows are you running?
And, what file system?

If you are running Windows XP with the default NTFS file system, there is little you can do from a DOS boot disk.

Your best option may be to perform an "in-place upgrade".

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=315341

For some problems, you may be able to boot off the CD and use the recovery console.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;307654

Here is a listing of DOS commands for XP:

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/ntcmds.mspx?mfr=true

If you need more help, please post more details of what your specific problem is.

Chas

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by dreanime2 In reply to I Made a boot disk to get ...

I am trying to reintall a copy of Windows Xp home edition. I got a virus that makes my Computer restart after showing the Windows XP Home edition loading screen. I wanted to Partition-erase the Harddrive. But I cant boot the computer from the CD-Rom. I have entered the setup to change the boot order but still no effect. So I made a boot disk (I think). I get to the command Prompt on the computer But I don't know what to do next.

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by dreanime2 In reply to I Made a boot disk to get ...

I am trying to reintall a copy of Windows Xp home edition. I got a virus that makes my Computer restart after showing the Windows XP Home edition loading screen. I wanted to Partition-erase the Harddrive. But I cant boot the computer from the CD-Rom. I have entered the setup to change the boot order but still no effect. So I made a boot disk (I think). I get to the command Prompt on the computer But I don't know what to do next.

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by jc2it In reply to I Made a boot disk to get ...

You must not have really changed the BIOS boot setting, or your CD-ROM is not a boot disk, or you did not see the message "Press a key to boot from CD-ROM".

You must Boot from CD-ROM to install XP Home. Do not do an in-place reinstall if you have a virus. You must wipe the entire disk to fix it with a reinstall.

If you have a virus you can probably remove it in safe mode. To get into safe mode press F8 right after the BIOS splash and right before the Windows loading screen. Then Select the Safe Mode option WITHOUT networking support.

If safe mode boots then login to administrator. The password is probably blank, nada, nothing, so don't enter anything in it.

Assuming you have gotten this far you will need a CD-ROM with an anti-virus software and current updates on it. You can create this for free, by downloading ClamWIN from here:
http://www.clamwin.com/content/view/18/46/
and the updates from here:
http://www.clamav.net/
Click on the main.cvd file and the daily.cvd file to download them.

Put all three files on a CD-ROM.

Install ClamWin and then copy the .cvd files to the directory:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\.clamwin\db

Alternatively, you could install ClamWin to a USB by following this Method:
http://www.clamwin.com/content/view/118/89/

Once you have it installed change the setting to remove all infected files, and then run a scan on all of the hard drives

Good Luck.
BTW, only use the AV method if you have data that you need, because there are other malware problems that will be fixed if you do a complete reinstall of your OS. You must reformat the HD before you do a reinstall, or you run the risk of being reinfected. DO NOT BOTHER with SYSTEM RESTORE as it is also infected.

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by jc2it In reply to

NOTE:

Always run an AV program, download the updates weekly, and do a complete system scan once a week just after the updates complete.

You can do this for free with ClamWIN, but you must read all of the help files, and play around with it a bit.

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by TheChas In reply to I Made a boot disk to get ...

Sorry for the double answer, but the add comment button is missing this afternoon.

You can't do much with XP from a MS-DOS boot disk.

If your goal is to start over with a clean install of XP, and you need / want to boot from a floppy, download the XP boot floppy disk program for your SPECIFIC version of XP.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q310994

Then, boot from the floppies, place the XP CD in the drive, and away you go.

Make sure to select the option to partition and format your hard drive.

Alternately, you can get there with a Windows 98 startup floppy.

Boot from the floppy.
At the DOS prompt, run fdisk.
Choose the delete option.
If your system is formatted as a NTFS volume, delete the non-DOS partition.

Exit fdisk, and reboot.

Make sure to select the option to enable CD-ROM support.

Insert your XP CD in the CD drive.

Change to the drive letter DOS assigns to your CD drive. C: or

Run setup.

Chas

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by ervin_rob2002 In reply to I Made a boot disk to get ...

there is a few things i would consider before doing so... did you format the hard drive,is this a new harddrive, do u have a old windows os installed so it would be a upgrade. usually you would consider formatting the harddrive than us the xp disk to start on its on, in the cd: drive. or go to the boot order and have cd rom start and than save your config. hope this helps ;>

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by adamtechpro In reply to I Made a boot disk to get ...

Changing the boot settings should do the trick as long as you have a working CD of windows xp. in the boot order ensure that the CD-ROM is above the hard drive. If for some odd reason it does not work, then boot disk would be your option. you should not need the command prompt what so ever if your just looking to reinstall Windows xp. To my knowledge windows XP boot disk is comprised of 6 floppy disks that are inserted one after another, after the last disk the computer will tell you to insert a CD. Im assuming your using a windows 98 boot disk and getting yourself to a command prompt which is kind of useless. go here http://www.bootdisk.com/
and check out the windows xp boot disks they have. If your just trying to reinstall windows then booting from the 6 floppies to a CDrom would be the way if you cant get the cd itself to just boot.

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by B_Pope In reply to I Made a boot disk to get ...

You can also simply download the hard drive mfg's utility, it will setup your HD for XP for you then you won't even need to use floppys.

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by Excalibur909 In reply to I Made a boot disk to get ...

i wonder if it's a problem with the messenger service (not MSN). There was a virus that caused a problem in that service, and its default behaviour is to restart the PC. If you can boot in safe mode, go to services.msc, right-click messenger, go to properties and change its recovery to "take no action" and then disable the service - unless you speecifically need it. it's not really useful on a home PC anyway.

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