Reinstalling Windows

April 26th, 2008 / Filed Under: computing / 3 Comments / Tags: ,

Its that wonderful time of the year, the tree outside my balcony is blossoming, the sun is out, the sky is blue.  And its time to reinstall Windows on my desktop.

Its not been running too slow but I made the mistake of trying to install something without being certain of the source and got bitten.  The AVG anti-virus found the source file and some other infected files which seem to have stopped the pop-ups trying to get me to sign up for a credit card but I still don’t have a back button in Firefox and I can’t get to any search sites along with a few others.  It’s frustrating but my own fault.  You always hear that the best protection from viruses is your behaviour on the net and I knew when I tried running setup.exe and nothing happened that I was in trouble.  I tried a system restore but all my restore points had been deleted and replaced by one called “last known good restore point”, which I can only imagine would install more junk.

Well at least its a chance for a fresh start, should speed load times.  Most of my data is not on the C drive, just the programs so it shouldn’t be too painful.

3 Responses to “Reinstalling Windows”

  1. Comment by Neil on April 26th, 2008 1:37 pm

    It was tougher starting than I had expected, I kept getting the error cdoot: Couldn’t find NTLDR

    After much drive swapping and frustrations it turns out my dvd drive is bad. Fortunately I swiped a 2nd dvd drive from an old Dell a while back that was being thrown out and that one is running nicely (although the noise coming from the drive sounds a little like a jet engine starting up).

  2. Comment by Owen on April 26th, 2008 6:18 pm

    sorry, but i have to say one thing…well two things actually, first off, NOOB! and secondly, get a Mac :D

  3. Comment by Neil on April 26th, 2008 6:59 pm

    I got spam comments on this, also about credit cards (the original trojan was sending me to sign up for credit cards). I think its all out of the system now, up on a fresh install.

    It always amazes me how fast this machine is at, at least for the first day of a new Windows install.

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