Re: Fixing broken XP install on XPS machine
- From: PS <nospam@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 06 Mar 2009 20:20:12 -0500
Mike S. wrote:
In article <gopc0v$ms0$1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, BillW50 <BillW50@xxxxxxx> wrote:Bad things, Linux and Vista all have non-standard MBRs. Restoring it won't bother an XPIn news:gop7q2$f9l$1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx,
Mike S. typed on Thu, 5 Mar 2009 19:05:38 +0000 (UTC):
William R. Walsh <wm_walsh@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
The first thing I thought of was the MBR (main boot record) has a virus,Yes, except the system boots and files are accessible. This is why I'm1. The NTFS file system on the C: drive seems to be messed up. WhenThis sounds like the virus that hit may have some features that make
the system boots, the pre-desktop screen displays a text message
saying that AUTOCHK is not available for disk type RAW. Running
Norton Disk Doctor from a Live CD, it complains that neither NTFS
boot sector is readable (how, then can the system boot and run?)
it "ransomware"...software that somehow denies you access to your
data (by encrypting it, most usually) and then asking you to pay up
within a certain time or face losing the data.
- failing hardware
- residual malware
- damaged storage drivers not replaced by the repair install
malware, or something else attached to it. I would simply rewrite over
the MBR and give that a shot.
Booted the XP install DVD and ran FIXMBR. It gives a dire warning that
there is a non-standard partition and re-writing the MBR may cause loss of
all data. I panicked and stopped.
installation. However if that doesn't fix things then run fixboot.
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