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June 9, 2013 5:23:37 PM

So my hard drive has Windows 7 64-bit on it right now but something is wrong with it, I have some virus and I rather not want to get it fixed and pay a lot of money for it so I was thinking of swapping it with a hard drive that has Windows XP on it. Would I be able to do that without problems, like would that virus carry over to the other dirve? I'm not sure if it matters that I have an AMD motherboard and the hard drive I'll use is from an Intel.

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a b $ Windows 7
a c 152 G Storage
June 9, 2013 9:11:40 PM

You could switch the drives but there are a couple of things to consider. One is whether or not the motherboard drivers are available for XP. The second issue is whether or not XP is an OEM version or a retail version. If it is OEM then it is tied to the hardware on the computer the drive was originally installed on. Have you tried any antivirus programs such as Malware Bytes ( http://www.malwarebytes.org/lp/malware_lp/?gclid=CMPCrY... ). There is a free download version available. You don't have to pay a lot of money to get it fixed. Check out the forums here for help in removing viruses. Do you have the Windows 7 install disc? If yes, you could try a clean install of Windows 7. The virus should not be carried over to the XP drive.
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June 10, 2013 3:49:22 AM

kenrivers said:
You could switch the drives but there are a couple of things to consider. One is whether or not the motherboard drivers are available for XP. The second issue is whether or not XP is an OEM version or a retail version. If it is OEM then it is tied to the hardware on the computer the drive was originally installed on. Have you tried any antivirus programs such as Malware Bytes ( http://www.malwarebytes.org/lp/malware_lp/?gclid=CMPCrY... ). There is a free download version available. You don't have to pay a lot of money to get it fixed. Check out the forums here for help in removing viruses. Do you have the Windows 7 install disc? If yes, you could try a clean install of Windows 7. The virus should not be carried over to the XP drive.


The thing is with this virus I basically have no administrator rights. I can't download, install, delete, save or anything like that. I can barely access my C drive. And I don't want to go get it fixed because I don't want people going through my files if they even do that.
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a c 233 $ Windows 7
a c 386 G Storage
June 10, 2013 5:20:00 AM

Why not just clrean install win 7 on the current drive? You'll lose all your data, but you don't seem to conerned about that anyhow.
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June 10, 2013 7:41:41 AM

Hawkeye22 said:
Why not just clrean install win 7 on the current drive? You'll lose all your data, but you don't seem to conerned about that anyhow.


The problem is I never got a Windows 7 disc with my computer. But yeah I have nothing that I wouldn't be able to replace on my drive so I'm not worried about that.
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June 10, 2013 7:41:44 AM

Hawkeye22 said:
Why not just clrean install win 7 on the current drive? You'll lose all your data, but you don't seem to conerned about that anyhow.


The problem is I never got a Windows 7 disc with my computer. But yeah I have nothing that I wouldn't be able to replace on my drive so I'm not worried about that.
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a c 233 $ Windows 7
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June 10, 2013 9:03:59 AM

If you don't have a win7 disk but still have the product key, try to find someplace to download a win7 ISO or borrow a friend's win7 (retail, not OEM) disk. Your key should work with a retail copy.
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June 10, 2013 9:12:53 AM

Hawkeye22 said:
If you don't have a win7 disk but still have the product key, try to find someplace to download a win7 ISO or borrow a friend's win7 (retail, not OEM) disk. Your key should work with a retail copy.


I don't even think I have the product key I got the computer at Office Depot and I like the only guy I know who has Windows 7
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a c 233 $ Windows 7
a c 386 G Storage
June 10, 2013 9:24:42 AM

If you bought your computer at Office depot, it should definately have a key. If this is a laptop, you should have had the option to create a restore/repair disk. What kind of computer is it? Web site's like Acer and stuff will sometimes let you download a repair disk for free or a small fee. You may still be required to have the key though. Short of that, you would need to purchase a new copy of win 7.

You could try XP, but as others said, you may not have the correct drivers for XP and if your copy is OEM, you can't use it on another computer.
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June 10, 2013 11:21:34 AM

Hawkeye22 said:
If you bought your computer at Office depot, it should definately have a key. If this is a laptop, you should have had the option to create a restore/repair disk. What kind of computer is it? Web site's like Acer and stuff will sometimes let you download a repair disk for free or a small fee. You may still be required to have the key though. Short of that, you would need to purchase a new copy of win 7.

You could try XP, but as others said, you may not have the correct drivers for XP and if your copy is OEM, you can't use it on another computer.


I would try that but I can't download anything because of this virus. I think I have some kind of disc I got with this computer, some restore disc like you said but I'll have to find that and see if it works. But I'm not sure if that will work due to this virus. How much do you think it might be to get a problem like this fixed? What will they do?
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a c 233 $ Windows 7
a c 386 G Storage
June 10, 2013 12:36:22 PM

If you have the restore disk, the virus should be gone the moment the hard drive is partitioned & formatted.

I don't know how much it costs to get a virus removed as I'm sure it's based on how stubborn the virus is and how long it takes to remove it.
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June 10, 2013 4:12:26 PM

Hawkeye22 said:
If you have the restore disk, the virus should be gone the moment the hard drive is partitioned & formatted.

I don't know how much it costs to get a virus removed as I'm sure it's based on how stubborn the virus is and how long it takes to remove it.


Okay! I have the recovery discs.. There are 3 of them... Now how would I go about doing this?
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a b $ Windows 7
a c 152 G Storage
June 10, 2013 8:13:59 PM

Insert the first disc of the set and shut down the computer. When you reboot go into the BIOS and change the boot order so that it boots from the CD/DVD drive first. Watch for the "Press any key to boot from DVD or CD (not sure which it is)... and then press any key. Follow the prompts to start the recovery.
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