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Posted on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 10:59 am:   

This is my system:

Asus A7V8X-X Mainboard
AMD Athlon XP3000+ 333MHz (boxed)
TwinMos PC2700 DDR333 RAM (2*512MB)
Creative Audigy 2
Sapphire Radeon 9600 Pro
Samsung Syncmaster 171N 17" LCD
WDC 200GB 7200RPM Harddisk
NEC NR-9300A Cd-recorder
LG DVD-player
Enermax 431W PSU
Windows XP Norwegian SP1a

I had a MSI motherboard which sucked. So I bought Asus. Some people said it wasn't necessary to format the harddisk before upgrading the motherboard, so I didn't. And now the computer won't boot into Windows, it locks when trying to reinstall Windows, there's a lot of files it don't find when trying to boot..

What to do with this kind of problem?
Matt (Matt12330)
Username: Matt12330

Registered: 1-2002
Posted on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 2:22 pm:   

Unless you have encrypted the files on the current HDD, this should work:

Using Norton Ghost, or another imaging program, make a copy of your current HD, then burn it to (several) CD's.

Next, reformat the HDD (using NTFS, of course) and reinstall XP. This should prevent any conflicts with existing software.

When the OS is installed, you should be able to extract any of the important files from the CD's.

DO NOT use this if you have encrypted the files on your hard drive. If so you will likely NOT be able to access them.

Good luck

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