Formatting a PC

By brini ยท 5 replies
Jul 9, 2009
  1. Hey i'm new in Techspot.hope this is good.

    I want to format my pc by is infected by virus and now continuously restarting.
    i want to know what are all the possible ways i can do it and the most suitable way to do it.
    the os is windows xp.

    hope for a favorable reply.
  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    You can format the drive as part of a fresh XP install. You can also format the drive outside of Windows using something like Ultimate Boot CD or something similar. Obviously you lose everything if you format the drive.
  3. brini

    brini TS Rookie Topic Starter

    hey thanks.
    i tried formatting just the c drive.but when i copy all the things in the c to another partition it gives an error message that the files are being used by some application therefore i can't copy.
    what should i do for this?
    n i don't have an xp cd and i don't have a writer to backup my data.
    if i'm going to format just the c drive which one of the above methods should i use.
  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

    brini, if you don't mind a suggestion, but have you tried the UPDATED 8 Step sticky in the Virus and Malware removal forum. Read it and follow the steps - don't skip any steps - and then post the required three logs.

    It may just save ypu the hassel of reformatting and you'll get excellent help in the process. Check it out. :)
  5. brini

    brini TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks for the tip.i'll try and give my results
  6. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

    One thing I forgot to add is that you need to post those logs on that forum. Good luck.
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