My windows xp installation was damaged by this virus: https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/...cd749fcd467e729e2e0c402f7fa81a4cfd6/analysis/ The symptom I noticed is that it put files that were already on my hard drive, and put these same files in many other folders on my. These files were not infected, though. A scan with an updated Avast (obtained on a clean computer) through ubcd4win showed no viruses though. I tried doing an inplace reinstall from my xp pro cd but it was a volume cd. It never gave me the Repair an installation option. It installed to a separate folder c:\windows.0 and installed the users to c:\docs and settings\all users.0, etc.... So all the data is still there and I get a boot.ini menu to boot my old OS. I get a 0x0000007b error when I tried to boot. I enabled boot logging but I can't find the boot logs. I used my microsoft XP DaRT/ERD Commander cd, but it shows no restore points. Here's my boot.ini: Code: [boot loader] timeout=15 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS.0 [operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS.0="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptOut C:\="Previous Operating System on C:" [spybotsd] timeout.old=30 I am thinking I just need to bite the bullet and use the fresh install, but I wanted to ask here first. Most of my apps I use are portable already, just trying to avoid reinstalling all my apps that weren't portable.