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Restalling XP over existing install

By johnmwaller ·
Virus trashed the existing installation of XP Pro, it comes up to the wallpaper with no icons. All I can do is run items through the tast Manager's File New Tast. Tryed to do an install over the existing installation to repair the installation using the original CD, but it's XP SP1 and the system was updated to XP SP2 through updates off the update site. The system comes back to me and says that I cannot install over an older system. Do they give away XP Pro SP2 disks?
Is there a work around? Their web site is no help. If I do a fresh install by booting from the CD it will wipe all the settings.

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by Blackcurrant In reply to Restalling XP over existi ...

Hi

Have you tried starting Explorer from the Task Manager? Click File>New Task (Run), and type explorer.exe then click OK. This should start explorer (suprise suprise), and bring back your desktop items. If they are still not visible after doing this, right-click the desktop and select Arrange Icons by... then select Show Desktop Icons.

What program did you use to remove the virus? It should not have left your computer in this state. Also, do you keep your copy of Windows Updated using Windows Update? Many viruses exploit known security holes in Windows, which are often patched very quickly.

Let us know how you removed the virus and what other steps you have taken to fix your machine, and we may be able to give you more specific help.

Good luck

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by dustyD In reply to Restalling XP over existi ...

You may simply have a corrupted user account.

Try creating a new one with your same permissions, or see the MS article here:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;Q318027

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Made a new user, but it had problems.

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by willcomp In reply to Restalling XP over existi ...

Whether needed to remedy your current situation or not, it would be a good idea to slipstream SP2 into your original XP installtion CD. It is not difficult, but pay attention to instructions and follow them exactly.

I found a good writeup on the website below.

http://www.helpwithwindows.com/WindowsXP/winxp-sp2-bootcd.html

Upon completion, you will have an XP installation CD with SP2 incorporated.

Dalton

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by johnmwaller In reply to

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Will be making a new XP CD for my home system.

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by zlitocook In reply to Restalling XP over existi ...

You have many options, boot to the XP cd and follow the directions for a repair. This repairs an existing operating system, have you tried booting into safe mode and removing the SP2? Boot into safe mode and try a restore, have you made back ups for your data? You can do a clean install but booting to the XP cd and follow the directions for a new install. You will loose all data this way but it will format the drive and any viruses will be gone. After a clean install, install the antivirus software, firewall and any other protection you may have. Then when you go on line update the antivirus, windows update and any other software updates. Get off line reboot and turn on all security software, antivirus, firewall ect. And run the updates a second time, set a restore point and think about using Linux

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by johnmwaller In reply to

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Wiping the system was not the question, thats easy. Restore points were damaged as well as the main system. New XP CD's want new access codes, original CD was an older OS and couldn't be used.

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by johnmwaller In reply to Restalling XP over existi ...

Thank you all for responding. The virus checker was AVG free, and explorer.exe was infected along with ~60 other files. (That was after over 2,000 objects of spyware from Ad-Aware.) Getting a new explorer.exe didn't help, system was too trashed. Got an XP SP2 disk off of a new system, it uses a different access code. Didn't have time to make a new XP disk with SP2 so had to wipe it. Put AVE free and Microsoft's new spyware system on it and gave it back to the customer. Was able get the needed files off by adding the hard drive to another system as a second drive.

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