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Installing xp on new hd, have virus

by Mr Dave / November 26, 2004 5:38 AM PST

I am attempting to install XP Pro on new barebones system, before completion of OS installation, I get error message saying I have a virus on HD that I just got done formatting to NTFS. How can a brand new hard drive be totally erased of all data? I've evidently gotten a virus off of boot setup disks I downloaded from MS website. Windows won't let me complete the install. HELP!!! thanks!

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Could be this or that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 26, 2004 5:46 AM PST

1. You have the virus protection enabled in the BIOS and it will pop up such a message. Fix? Disable that.

2. You installed XP or XP SP1 and such has no protection from certain worms. Take the advice to make a XP SP2 CD so you have at least that much protection. Noted at under "important imformation".


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Re: Could be this or that.
by Mr Dave / November 26, 2004 5:53 AM PST
In reply to: Could be this or that.

I think I would like to be able to start over, lol. The computer hasn't been online yet, and OS installation is not completed. I'd like to used an alternate method at my disposal for boot up disk, and it shouldn't have any kind of virus on it that could be transferred. What I really need is a way to totally erase the new HD, and start this mess all over. Thanks R Proffitt!! Mr Dave

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Do over.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 26, 2004 6:00 AM PST

If you look at the link I provided, about step 5 allows you to delete all the partitions, create new ones and start again. BUT the virus message will appear if your BIOS is set to note such.


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Re: Do over.
by Mr Dave / November 26, 2004 10:21 AM PST
In reply to: Do over.

Thanks R Proffitt, I've found a way to write the hd to zeroes, hopefully a fresh start will help. Thanks again!

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