I have an old Compag Evo D51C CMT XP and it has a huge amount of viruses that cannot be removed with a virus protection software.
So I wanted to reinstall Windows XP on it, however we bought the computer through a third-party and we do not have the discs, nor can we get them. The "i386" folder is not on the hard drive, and pressing a certain key on boot-up does not work.
So to remove the virus, would purchasing a new copy of Windows XP be the best solution? If so, where can I purchase such a thing?
I really have no idea how to fix it. I've searched on the web and on this site before, but found no results for what I need.
Any help is appreciated, thank you!
P.S. This is my first time posting on this site, if I posted in the wrong section, I apologize.
finding XP may be troublesome, may want to check ebay for it these days. you can try to contact compaq to get the restore disks as well. just make sure if you purchase XP on your own you get a copy that matches the license on your PC, otherwise you will not be able to activate it.
What you want to do is use a second computer to recover your files.
Install the bad drive as a second drive on a working computer.
Use the good computer to recover the files, and back them up to a thumb drive.
Now, reformat the old drive entirely. Slow complete format.
Now, install Win 7 on the formatted drive. Put your backed up files on the new OS.
Don't bother with XP anymore. The longer you wait, the more problems you will have. It's not worth it.
Install a professional all in one antivirus. Don't use free security downloaded from the internet. OR have you learned that lesson yet?
I don't really want to get Win 7 because I have a different computer, but I would like a cheap second one to "multi-task" and such, I have them setting next to eachother on the same table. And isn't Win 7 fairly expensive? I don't want to spend too much money on it.
I already have all of the files I want to keep off of the infected computer, I considered installing Ubuntu, but unfortunately, the little game I want to play on it, isn't supported by Ubuntu.
I had a fairly expensive anti-virus software, but I'm told that this is a powerful and overpowering virus. Or multiple viruses, my anti-virus software works, but there are so many that it can't delete all of them because they keep coming back.
again, that is an older system ( we sold those in our retail stores about 5 years ago, now we just scrap them) best thing to do is try to contact compaq. the COA is the tag on the outside of your machine, on those I believe it was on the top. it will have 6 sets of numbers and letters. THAT is your license key. on that same sticker it will say windows XP home or windows XP Professional. whichever one is says is the version you need to buy to activate your machine. They also have a MAR version, aka Microsoft Authorized Refurbishers version which gives you a refurbished key to use, but that may be a bit complicated. On that system, it was suggested that you upgrade to Win7, I don't believe all of the hardware in those machines are supported by Win7 and you probably wont be able to run it without running into problems with hardware drivers due to the age of the machine. Windows XP is going to be supported through Microsoft until 2014 so your still okay to install it. although MS will not put out another Service pack for it, you will still get security updates and hotfixes until that time.
Your 100% correct, I have the COA, on top, it says "Windows XP Professional". I agree, I highly doubt Win 7 will even work in that computer, however I'm unsure of where to buy a copy of Windows XP?
I'm also in the process of building a new computer, however it will naturally not have an OS to start with, and since it's for gaming I would prefer Windows rather than Linux. Win 7 is too expensive at $99 and again, I'm unsure of where I can get a copy of Windows XP. If I make an iso copy of my existing Win XP installation and put it on a cd, will I need a license key to install it on the computer I'm building?