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Windows XP corrupt - no discs

I have the HP A350N desktop running XP. It has given me reliable service for many years. Recently, the computer got a virus - the Sasser Worm - that ultimately forced me to do a light recovery of the C drive, using Windows Recovery on the partitioned D drive. I was able to back up all personal files, but ultimately decided to start fresh with the C drive and reformat it entirely. Windows Recovery itself no longer worked and of course I had no discs containing he my original XP and application files. Ultimately I reformatted the C drive using DOS commands and bought a full copy of XP to load..Now the computer doesn't work at all. When I try to load my new copy of XP, It begns to do so and then says, "Windows is checking hardware on system." The computer does so for a minute or two but then nothing happens. All of my peripherals were, such as scanner, printer, etc., were disconnected first. I'm pretty certain that the corrupted version of my original XP files that came with the PC remain on the partitioned D drive. How can I get the computer to recognize tha new verson of Windows XP?

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This guide should help: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=bph07144&tmp_task=solveCategory&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=...

 

If you formatted only the C partition, then your Recovery partition is still there.  Use "recvovery during startup:

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Yes, the D drive is still there. I can see the files through DOS. But Recovery simply won't run. I get an error message, and Recovery stops.  My new copy of Windows XP stalls when start to loading on the C drive. I can't be sure but I think It's because it's detects the files on the D drive. I'd like to remove the partition and erase the contents of the D drive, create one 160GB C drive, then try to load my Windows XP disc. Can that be done? The D drive is protected and the only commands I can give are through DOS.

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Try using this website to locate a set of recovery disks.

www.computersurgeons.com

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The D drive is not protected when booting from an XP cd. It should show you the partitions and you can select each and delete them,then create 1 partition.


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Windows XP corrupt on A350N PC; recovery doesn't work

Since I already purchased a new XP Professional software, is there anything I can do to get past the following message when I attempt to install the software at boot, "Windows is checking hardware on system." The computer does so for a minute or two but then nothing happens. All of my peripherals were, such as scanner, printer, etc., have been disconnected. I'm pretty certain that the corrupted version of my original XP files that came with the PC remain on the partitioned D drive. How can I get the computer to recognize tha new verson of Windows XP?


 

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Get  Partition Wizard  Bootable CD ISO and ImgBurn to burn the iso image to cd and try booting from it to delete partitions, create a new one and format it Fat32.


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I have Nero on another computer. That will work to burn the iso image, right?

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Yes, Nero can burn iso's.It is the only other software I use besides ImgBurn for iso burning.ImgBurn is just very light weight and fast.


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I'll give it  a shot and let you know. Thank you for your help.

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