Problem reformatting Windows XP ME

By matt325
May 18, 2009
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  1. Ok i got some pretty crazy virus/malware or something it's restricting access to task manager and other things and making some error pop up constantly "There is no disk in the drive. Please insert a disk into the drive." I downloaded some virus programs and stuff and it wont allow some of them to work, I also downloaded some program to reset my registrys to give me access back to task manager and the other stuff but that only worked for like 10 seconds and then i was restricted again, and now the virus is not allowing that program to be ran. So i decided to just reformat but now there's another problem, When i insert my reformat CD i restart and it takes me to the recovery screen and asks me if i want to do a complete reformat and wipe out everything or if i want to do a reformat and backup. The only problem is once i get the that screen my keyboard and mouse stops working... So i cant click on the button to start reformatting but my keyboard works perfect when i first restart because it allows me to push "R" to enter the recovers mode and i can see the light on my wireless sensor thing for the keyboard/mouse but once the recovers screen starts loading the ligh on it goes off. Any ideas? This is really frustrating.
  2. Lanarkshire IT

    Lanarkshire IT Newcomer, in training Posts: 54

    hi there

    are you using USB keyboard and mouse? if so enable support in your BIOS or use a PS2 type to get you started. had this problem recently with a DELL machine that only had USB connections.

    let me know how u get on
  3. Lanarkshire IT

    Lanarkshire IT Newcomer, in training Posts: 54

    sorry i didnt see that u were using a wireless keyboard and mouse setup. try a wired.
  4. matt325

    matt325 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Alright idk how to do the BIOS thing you said in your previous post but i'll have to go buy a wired mouse.
  5. Lanarkshire IT

    Lanarkshire IT Newcomer, in training Posts: 54

    hi there

    this will only work for usb keyboards and mice. boot into your BIOS and look for USB settings - usually in "integrated devices" or so.

    then look for USB settings and enable things like USB for DOS, Legacy USB etc, USB keyboard etc

    also is your kb/mouse one of those types that the dongle plugs into the original PS2 ports? if so u might wanna try resyncing them with each other.

    regards
  6. matt325

    matt325 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Well i was able to reformat and things only got worse. Now my computer is really ****ed up. The problems didnt go away i still cant access the task manager and i get a ton of errors when i login saying disks cant be found and .dlll errors. I thought a reformat was supposed to wipe everything out how come all the problems are still there?
  7. Lanarkshire IT

    Lanarkshire IT Newcomer, in training Posts: 54

    hi there

    you couldnt have reformatted (wiped) your hdd properly. did u do a repair install instead?

    regards
  8. matt325

    matt325 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Nope i did a complete reformat, I did it twice too. This is really frustrating
  9. Lanarkshire IT

    Lanarkshire IT Newcomer, in training Posts: 54

    hi there

    a "clean" or new install should mean exactly that buddy

    regards
  10. matt325

    matt325 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Yeah i've reformatted before and all was good, But i did a complete reformat twice today and everything is wiped out except the problems... All my stuff was wiped out but still got the errors and access restrictions i dont know what to do anymore im on a different computer now a really old one lol
  11. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    A clean install means remove the partition (not format)

    There are many tools to remove the Partition, can't remeber if the WinME disc had this option, but obviously XP has.

    Here is a free tool to use : Gparted

    There's also a few BootDisks here that can do it for you too ;) http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm
  12. Lanarkshire IT

    Lanarkshire IT Newcomer, in training Posts: 54

    hi there

    can u use some 3rd party partitioning tool to delete all partitions and retry it? also does your system have a recovery partion or is it cd/dvd based?

    regards
  13. Lanarkshire IT

    Lanarkshire IT Newcomer, in training Posts: 54

    Well said buddy
     
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