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Help to format/restore my computer

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by ILoveTulips, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. ILoveTulips

    ILoveTulips IL Hall of Fame

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    Dear Friends,

    I have been using Asus laptop for 2 years. I have Trend Micro antivirus installed. A month back the laptop was severely affected by virus and I can't do any operation in it. Once I switch it on, it keeps restarting. Sometimes (rarely) it does let me in, and fortunately at that time I managed to get the important files to USB. But still I can't open any application, not even internet browser. I just want to format the computer. Computer services are just crazy, they charge a fortune for it.. I want to find if there is anyway to wipe out the computer myself, before I go to any computer centre.

    Any help would be appreciated..

    Thanks,
    ILT
     
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  2. haagesummane

    haagesummane Gold IL'ite

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    Hi ILoveTulips,

    Please follow the below steps. These were sent by one of my frnd, though i never got a chance to format it
    Step 1- Installation CD Insert your Windows XP installation disc into your CD or DVD drive.
    Step 2 – Restart your computer and start Windows setup using Microsoft Windows bootable XP disk
    Restart your computer. As you computer boots, a screen with message “Press any key to boot from CD..” will show up counting from 9 to 0, here you need to press any key to start the setup. Note: If your computer doesn’t display the “Press any key to boot from CD..” message (by default it should), check your motherboard manual for info where to enable the “Boot from CD” setting, after you enable “Boot from CD” option from your BIOS, the message will show.
    Step 3 – System Loading
    After you enter the setup, the CD will load up a blue screen and will start loading operating system files (this make take few minutes). When it finishes, it will list a few options, “Press ENTER to set up Windows XP now” is the one we need. Click it.
    Step 4 – Accept Windows usage agreement
    Second screen is “The windows usage agreement”. It should be displayed now, showing that you need to press F8 to accept the agreement. Press F8 to accept. How to format a computer
    Step 5 – Setup start
    If an existing Windows XP installation is detected by the system, you are prompted to repair it. We will bypass this step
    Step 6 – Delete old partition and format
    At this point you need to select the partition where you prefer to install Windows Xp. This is where you will delete your partition and format drive C. The box in the lower half of the screen shows all your drives and the partitions that currently exist on your hard disk. Use the Up and Down Arrow keys to highlight/select your “C:” partition and press the “D” key (pic 6.1). On the next screen press the ‘L’ key (pic 6.2) to confirm that you want to delete partition “C:”, and finalize the deleting of the partition. (if you have only “Unpartitioned space” and you have no C: or D: partitions, skip this step) How to format a computer
    Step 7 – Create installation partition
    Now you should be back on the screen prompted to choose where to install Windows. The box on the lower half of the screen should no longer show a partition, instead of “C:” you should see “Unpartitioned space xxxxxMB”. Select/highlight this with the arrow keys and press the “C” key to create a partition on the drive (this is where you will install windows). Now setup tells you the minimum and maximum sizes the partition can use and lets you pick the size. The default size is the maximum available, leave the default value and press Enter.
    Step 8 – Format the computer (the hard disk)
    This screen lets you choose the file system you prefer the drive to be formatted with. Choose NTFS “Quick” (recommended because NTFS is faster and more secure). Use the arrow keys to select and hit Enter. How to format a computer
    Step 9 – Start Windows XP Setup Setup will start to and will auto-format the “C:” partition, and start with Windows XP installation. From here you are all set and the installation of Windows will proceed. This will take a while. The computer will reboot several times, and will continue with installation. Don’t remove the Windows XP setup CD, and don’t press a key when prompted (we already did that).
     
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  3. ILoveTulips

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    Dear haage,

    Thank you so much for your reply and the detailed steps.

    My computer doesn't have a DVD/CD drive. It's 10.1 inch size small one. I can look around for a external drive.

    As none of the applications could be opened, [currently I couldn't even switch it on, it keeps restarting itself... ] I wonder whether the CD would be detected or not... :(

    ilt
     
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    Hi ILoveTulips,

    Im searching for alternate options in ur case, as soon as i get any details abt it, will post it.....
     
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    Thank you dear...

    I logged into via safe mode and managed to format D: drive.. But I can't do the C: drive as it has the OS and all system stuff...

    ilt
     
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    Which antivirus program do you use?

    You can try this:
    1. Install an antivirus software in an external HDD
    2. Boot your laptop in safe mode
    3. Run the antivirus program from the external HDD. Scan all the drives on your laptop and quarantine them.

    For antivirus, i would suggest AVG (free) or Norton 360 (paid).
     
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    If your laptop is virus affected then you must install kaspersky antivirus then complete scan your computer.Now check open to application if not open again then you can formate your computer.
     
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    You can reinastall windows xp on your computer firstly delete all partition of your computer and create new for space according to memory space. If you have any query then Microsoft Help also can give you better information for restore your computer.
     

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