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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-12-2009, 09:08 PM
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pickup a copy of and and stick em on if you can. both free, both work quite well, have saved my porn addicted friend many times... run these before doing the repair ( you may not need to repair).

*edit* i really do mean my friend, everyone enjoys a bit of porn now and again but this guy is over the top.

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try to put it in another computer and see if it boots.

suggestion to all if you already know add on:

when reformatting make a partition for just OS and the rest leave for proggies and whatnot so if you ever get a bad OS repair the partition that has the OS without losing your data. something i learned and thought to share also.

good luck with getting that repair. why sp3 by the way?


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Originally Posted by simfreak47 View Post
It ain't porn, its the fact he downloads everything people tell him to (being 12 and naive FTL)
Would a free AV proggy run okay with a non-uninstallable expired copy of McAfee?
CCleaner might clean A LOT off his HD. It's free, and a small, quick download.

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Well I wasn't able to read the rest of this thread before I went on my mission =/

I ended up putting his HDD in my computer, copied the important crap over, and ran a virus scan. 38 Trojans . Tried to clean them and then repaired windows. Kept getting errors like the Unknown file extension "Choose what file you want to open this with". For ALL the important windows files like rundll32, etc.

Ended up doing a fresh install. It's good as gold

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why sp3 by the way?
Because it's better than SP2 IMO

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Basically, I'm not aiming to bang her or get kiss from her.
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Using nLite you can slipstream and even customize an XP SP3 disk. Please note that officially this isn't support by M$. You will need your xp sp 2 disk and the SP 3 installer (a 316 mb download). Do this from a stable windows system. Unless you know what you are doing I don't recommend the customizations; just go with the defaults. But yes you can't repair a SP3 install with an SP 2 disk. Doing so could lead to instability. Please note that if you do like Dan Penny and not reinstall SP 3 you will not be able to get any future bug fixes and patches because only SP 3 is supported. I'm sure that Dan would agree that going without updates and the most recent service pack is risky and not for everyone but only the most experienced and careful computer users. I would go as far as to recommend upgrading to windows 7 if you have a powerful enough computer but you certainly need to reinstall SP 3. Good luck.

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