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Reformat hard drive and load Win XP help please

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July 31, 2010 4:04:41 AM

I inherited a desktop that had be toasted in a virus/trojan attack. Computer would not boot, kept looping back to abnormal shutdown message.

So changed bios to boot from CD and put in boot disk. Selected reformat hard drive and got this error message:

system error
your computer is not responding, incorrect system type restore canceled.

Any recommendations on how to proceed?

Thinking I need a 3rd party software to clean the hard drive and then install OS. Digging thru my software I have a XP boot disk from my old
notebook and a XP upgrade CD.

Thanks in advance for the advice!
August 1, 2010 6:07:42 AM

You should not be putting in a boot disk, you should put in a XP installation disk.
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