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Winnt32 Clean Install XP on refurbished IBM thinkpad

Q: Winnt32 Clean Install XP on refurbished IBM thinkpad

I have been working on for 2 days to completely clean my laptop free of bugs and slow performance. I have NO Windows XP disk, I have everything backed up and have run the winnt32 process successfully. When I started this I had 6GB of free space on my HD. First off, Im not sure where the 45GB is being used at? When i add the pcitures and stuff it comes to like 10gb.

Anyways. I have followed various boot.ini dialogs on the web and deleted the old Windows Folder(most of it) and still had 6gb of 'free space on HDD" so, I did it again, runing WINNt32 from the i 386 folder, with similar results.

I installed drivers and tried to start fresh, but then ran into a hiccup installing devices and ran system restore to negate the installatioin of devices. After the SYs restore, I only have 2.5 GB of free space, and i cannot hardly run a computer on that much free space.

Please advise on how to proceed, if there are any direct ideas on how to truly free up this space. and have a smooth operating machine again.

I have no re-install disk with this machine, so I am using what i have. I have backed up Drivers on external HDD.
Thanks in advance for the help or links to a guide. I want to start fresh!

Preferred Solution: Winnt32 Clean Install XP on refurbished IBM thinkpad

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

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I am about to embark on a clean install of Windows 10 on my ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6th. From what I have read online, I do not foresee any complications using the USB flash drive created by the Windows Media Creation Tool. What is the best way to install the drivers? One by one? Using Lenovo Vantage? Using Lenovo System Update 5? Scanning the machine at the Lenovo Support website? Any guidance and/or tips to accomplish a perfect clean install would be appreciated.

A:Clean Install of Windows 10 on a ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6th

If I still have a working system, I make sure my BIOS is correct before starting.  I always just install directly from the USB drive created by the media tool.  I choose a custom install and remove ALL partitions and install into unused space.  I then force MS to do all its updates and then I get Lenovo Vantage from the MS store.  I run Vantage to get the needed drivers.

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Hi I have some question about refurbished version of thinkpad x1 there are several product of thinkpad x1 in lenovo us outlet ex) Part Number: 20KHX016US Processor: Intel® Core? i7-8550U Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.00 GHz)Operating System: Windows 10 Professional 64 - EnglishDisplay Type: 14.0" FHD (1920x1080) On-cell Touch, anti-glare, LED backlight, IPS w/ 720p HD CameraMemory: 8GB / 2133MHz LPDDR3 / soldered to systemboardHard Drive: 256GB Solid State Drive M.2Warranty: 1 Year Standard Depot WarrantyGraphics: Intel® UHD Graphics 620Battery: 3 Cell Li-Ion Battery (57Wh)Bluetooth: BluetoothWireless: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265, Wi-Fi 2x2 802.11ac + BT4.1, M.2 card Part Number: 20KHX022US Processor: Intel® Core? i7-8550U Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.00 GHz)Operating System: Windows 10 Professional 64 - EnglishDisplay Type: 14.0" FHD (1920x1080) On-cell Touch, anti-glare, LED backlight, IPS w/ 720p HD CameraMemory: 8GB / 2133MHz LPDDR3 / soldered to systemboardHard Drive: 256GB Solid State Drive M.2Warranty: 1 Year Standard Depot WarrantyGraphics: Intel® UHD Graphics 620Battery: 3 Cell Li-Ion Battery (57Wh)Bluetooth: BluetoothWireless: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265, Wi-Fi 2x2 802.11ac + BT4.1, M.2 card   The former one has better screen and processor but price is cheaper than latter one.Why is former one cheaper than latter one? Can I see full specification of product like lit keyboard and so on&... Read more

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Hi Guys'
I've managed to do a fresh install of Win XP OS via "WINNT32" from within the existing OS i386 folder on an old Toshiba Portege P3500 which doesn't have ODD or BIOS boot from usb.
The problem is the machine still has lots of the old OS files which seems to be slowing it down to standstill.
So I'm hoping to find some advice on how to identify & safely remove the OLD Win XP OS files without removing everything I've managed to do.
many thanx in advance 

A:What to do with the old WinXP OS files After fresh winnt32 install

Since you know how to access the i386 folder you can run sfc /scannow, this scans all protected system files and replaces corrupted and incorrect versions with correct Microsoft versions.  You appear to be knowledgeable about computers and probably know how to run this scan, but I will post instructions for running the scan for the benefit of others who read this and don't know how to do it.
During this scan you may be prompted to insert your installation disc in the DVD/CD drive, if you have this disc you will want to have it available before you start the scan.  If you don't have this disc and are prompted for it you will need to follow the *instructions for locating the i386 file.
To initiate this scan go to Start> Run and type in sfc /scannow and then press enter.
If files are found during this scan which need to be replaced you may be prompted to insert your installation disc, do so at that time.   If it doesn't ask you for the disc this means that it wasn't necessary to replace any files.   In the event the the system asks you for the disc, you must visit Windows Update immediately after the scan is completed (Please note that there won't be any confirmation dialog - the program will just exit without telling you anything).*If you do not have this disc you will need to locate a directory on your system which is named i386. You will need to search for this in the registry, to do this type in regedit in the Run box and then press En... Read more

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Hi folks, could someone please point me in the correct direction in terms of a link to download Windows 10 Signature Edition as I would like to do a complete clean install. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Scotty

A:Thinkpad L470 Windows 10 Signature Edition Clean Install

Hi Scotty,
Welcome to Lenovo Community! And happy to have you here.
You can try using Lenovo Digital Download Recovery Service from Lenovo to download the image file for Windows 10
I hope the above information helped you. 
Regards,Prabhansh_______________________________________________Tap that Kudos button if I helped.If you find a post helpful and it answers your question, please mark it as an "Accepted Solution"!

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We got users with "clean install" Windows 10 on the ThinkPad Yoga 370 instead of factory image.  in Lenovo Settings, audio, dolby section, the presets that are in OEM load are all missing.  we tried uninstall Lenovo Settings, Conexant audio driver, SIF, reinstall, same things - the enable button is there, but no profiles for dynamic, movie, music, gaming, and voice. anyone have seen this issue (or on other machines?), any idea how to reinstall those?  i wonder whether we are missing some pieces. 

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Hello, is it possible to install Windoes XP SP3 64 bit on T420 14" Intel Core i7-2640M 2.80GHz 8 GB DDR3 RAM 320 GB HD DVD-RW Windows 7 Professional 64-bit laptop? I am looking to purchase arefurbished laptop but wanted to make sure that I can boot it with clean copy of windows xp and completely remove windows 7. I have to use windows xp for some of the machines to work. Thanks!

A:Is it possible to clean install windows xp on ThinkPad T420 Intel Core i7-2640 2.80GHz 8 GB DDR3 RAM

Lenovo shipped the T420 with Windows XP 64-bit installed, and still provides drivers for XP on its support site for the T420, so I see no reason why not.  

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Hi everybody, I need to install clean Win7 or Win10 but there is always this message of freeze on Starting Windows after boot from DVD or USB key.I've a Lenovo Thinkpad L412 with 1.39 Bios version, that it haven't UEFI option.Someone that has resolve it?Thanks so much

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Most Thinkpads coming back on the market as refurbished units have Windows 10 installed.  This is even for models as early as the T400/T500 when the original operating system was Windows 7. This is somewhat annoying since I have devices for which drivers are available only for Windows 7 and earlier. I would prefer not to have to re-purchase "upgraded" devices - at least until the EOL of Windows 7. What are my option(s) to get Windows 7 on such a system? i) Would the Restore and Recovery discs for the original Windows 7 install still be available from Lenovo? ii) Would it be better to find a generic Windows 7 installation disc (with COA and Product Key), install this, then get the drivers for the specific Thinkpad from the Lenovo web site? iii) Could downgrade rights to Windows 7 Pro be exercised with a refurbished Thinkpad running Windows 10 Pro? Thanks! P.S. How about the more recent Thinkpads which were originally with Windows 7 Pro via downgrade rights from Windows 8/8.1/10?  

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Hi there all.  I just purchased a refurbished T440s from BestBuy.  It was shipped from one their resselers.  It has the following specs: T440s - 14"Intel i5-4300U CPU1920X1080 Touchscreen250GB SSD8GB DDR3 It came with Windows 10, which I had to go thru and install it myself.  I was a desktop user before and didn't have any experience with notebooks before.  But I did realized it didn't have any of Lenovos utilities on it.  That seemed odd to me.  So I went to Lenovo support.  I was very impressed.  The serial number was detected and 5 downloads were offered as "the most popular" downloads for this model.  So I went ahead and installed the following utilities: - Lenovo's system update for Windows 10- Connect2- Lenovos Power Management Driver for Windows 10- Lenovos System Interface Foundation for Windows 10 So far, so good.  Everything seems to work well.  I have the follwoing questions: 1.  Did I miss anything?  Are there any more utilities that I should be installing? 2.  What is Expresscache Utility.  This computer has only one 250 GB SSD.  Do I need to install the Expresscache utility?  My understanding of it is that Expresscache speeds up reading and writing to HDDs by using cache on SSD.  I don't have an HDD on it.  However, I do use a large external USB HDD.  So would Expresscache help speed up read/write to the external USB HDD? Th... Read more

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A refurbished laptop with a valid copy of Win 7 Pro randomly locked up. I installed Win 7, from disk, but did not copy the activation code. Now I cannot reactivate it.

It has a COA on back, but this includes a number that is will not activate the laptop.
I can't even enter it in, since it starts with "00212"

Originally, it was sold with Vista, and has a Vista activation key in the battery compartment. This does not work.

thanks in advance for any assistance.

Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 50
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004f012
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-CM74G-RPHKF-PW487
Windows Product Key Hash: 71BRYMECVaSXedfumfu8zryHJVY=
Windows Product ID: 00371-177-0000061-85088
Windows Product ID Type: 5
Windows License Type: Retail
Windows OS version: 6.1.7600.2.00010100.0.0.048
ID: {15FD7056-3561-4B3F-8E37-0347AF906875}(1)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Professional
Architecture: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7600.win7_rtm.090713-1255
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A

Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By... Read more

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I wanted to install Constant Guard (from Comcast) on my Dell Desktop (Service Tag: 38JSL21) that I refurbished myself, but it said that I didn't have enough RAM. I have 512MB RAM running Windows XP, and Constant Guard says I have 511MB and can't install it.

Is there a way for me to trick this software into thinking that I have enough, without physically upgrading my RAM? I pray!

Any insight is appreciated!

A:Personally Refurbished Dell can't install Constant Guard

here's the forum for cgsounds strange... like, some ram is in use, yes, but constant guard must really need that 1mb ram (it says 512 minimum.can you go with another security option?

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I purchased the DELL refurbished PC/XP professional with SP3 the other day because I still love to use XP once awhile, although I have two other PCs with Win 7, respectively.

The problem is that I can NOT install Word 2000, ....
error message popping up in the middle of the screen.

Error: 1305
Verify that the file exists and that you can access it.

In my guess, there is NO MS word pre-loaded on this, refurbished DELL pc.
There is no platform to install MS Word 2000?
All of the PCs are already pre-installed MS 2010 or 2007 upon installation.

If that's causing the problem, how to make the installation proceed?

Thanks for any help in advance.

A:Unable to install, ... Word 2000 on Refurbished DELL/XP pro.

You didn't advise where you bought your refurbished Dell from, and you didn't advise what model name and model number it is.

I've bought 6 refurbished Dell desktops and laptops in the past year from www.newegg.com and www.overstock.com, and none of them came with a version of Microsoft Office pre-installed.


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Due to some corruptions in files system that can't be repair. I decide to do a clean install of vista from recovery partition preinstalled in D drive.

My question is does the clean install also clean out any hidden/unactive virus/rootkit if i format the laptop to its factory condition?

I have tried various AV software on this old laptop but the results come out clean but I still suspect there're some remain hidden as the system is slowly corrupted.

A:Clean install vista from recovery partition in D drive also clean virus?


The answer is yes it will, if you do a destructive install (Format "C") & it has not infected any other drives.

So, what drives do you have on your system? "C" (System) & "D" (Recovery) plus DVD/CD drives.

Do you have anything else? USB plug in hard drives or USB memory sticks etc. etc.

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Hi BC,
Couple months ago I spent some time in your malware forums trying to resolve issues with a constantly running Windows 7 media center which I noticed was running - not my - porn and bitcoins through. The issue progressed, solutions did not, files got locked, online access became scarce, and as I couldnt keep in timely contact with your well-intentioned helpers here, my thread was closed. To not be a burden on volunteer time, I left the idea of one on one help behind and sought additional insight on my own.
4 months after first noticing an issue, I have my same refurbished HP notebook with no accessible OS, no way to install one from disk, no income, and no hope.
I do have 12 weeks of notes from the most tenacious remote hack I believe exists. It has swallowed my entire home network and every machine in it, even those not configured for online access.
To start, I just want to get an OS on my laptop. I've long since kissed my data goodbye. I ran killdisk multiple times - the last time took 6 days - but I still have an X drive with a registry, command prompt, notepad, you name it, on my machine. I just dont have normal access to "windows"... all these individual programs I can access through command prompt.
Today I'm looking at a new security log called "backup" that starts, "administrative privileged user logged on. Parsing template defltwk.inf. Configuration engine was initialized successfully..."
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A:Can't clean install Win 7: Can't create partitions or clean disk. Remote hacked.

Hard drive manufacturer?
Can you enter the BIOS?
System manufacturer and model?
In spite of your assertions...the original topic reflects no evidence of malware found, IMO.

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Hi Guys
BACKGROUND: Im relatively experienced technical windows guy but I wanted some top tips please rebuilding my XPS17 (L702X tag D6F23S1) after my HDD started corrupting files & registry after 5 years use.
I swapped it for an SSD, now I have some challenges which I'd love some help / wise advice with.
I WOULD LIKE TO: Either recover the image from data (need help) or do a full format of the Windows partitiion (ensuring I have all the right drivers) and begin the painful task of a rebuild. 
1. Imaged the original HDD and applied the image to the SSD. 
2. I have tried a new install of windows which has installed to the original drive but leaving only 10% space free.
3. When I break out of the boot sequence I dont get the Dell Recovery option but i can see the Recovery partition in 'Disk Management'.
4. I cant find the recovery discs easily (think house move and everything in the attic situation) made originally but I do have the data on my network NAS and can copy over to a USB stick - I have tried to boot to the USB but I cant make that happen.
A. Is there a good guide that allows me to download and boot to a recovery environment, format the C: drive and reinstall windows?
B. Is there anyway I can download software which can utilise existing data I have to recover the original windows state please?
I'd be grateful for any advice you can give!
Many thanks

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Hi Folks,

I just did a clean install of Win7 and must have done something wrong. I found a file called Windows.old.

I would like to wipe my hard drive completely clean and then install a fresh copy of Windows 7 Home Premium.

How do I accomplish this task? It's a good time to start over because I'm just at the stage of adding the security software. Already did the drivers but don't mind doing those over again.

I have a Dell 5150, Pentium D820, Dual Core 2.8 GHz with 3 GBs memory.

Many thanks,


A:Clean Install of Win7 - Wipe Hard Drive Clean

Do you a regular Windows 7 installation disk, with Product Key?

If so, boot from that disk by setting your DVD drive as the first boot device in the BIOS or by choosing the DVD drive from a menu. Do you know how to do that?

Midway in the installation process you will come to a screen that asks where you want to install Windows. Look for "drive options, advanced" or something very close to that. Take that choice.

At the next screen, all of your partitions will be shown. Delete them all.

That will leave you with nothing but "unallocated space".

When you install to the unallocated space, it will be automatically formatted by Windows and you should end up with a very small "System Reserved" partition and a large C partition covering the rest of the drive.

Back up your data before beginning.

Windows.old is your old installation. If you proceed as above, you won't get it.

With 3 GB of RAM, you should probably go with 32-bit.

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People have asked how to best clean their ThinkPads.
1. Lenovo has a page on this topic:  Keeping your computer clean ? Notebooks, Tablets, and All-In-One Desktops
2. David Hill offers this advice: Keeping Your ThinkPad Clean 
3. Then there's this procedure:

Note that 3. is tongue-in-cheek. Don't try this at home. It probably voids your warranty. But still, how many other brands could survive this treatment?

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Finally decided to wipe my drive and reinstall windows.   PC has been working good but lately started acting strange with intermittent connectivity and the just yesterday all connected wifi devices lost their log info so that was odd.  Today when I rebooted this PC, I saw the original windows start up screen you'd see if during a fresh install or a restore and that's not right.  Finally I took at look at event viewer and saw a new NT user was added and I didn't do that so here we go again.   This time I suspect the vectors is a compromised Gateway which I have reset but will need to replace with better quality equipment than the junk Comcast is renting me.  This prompted me to run Farbar and come back to the forum for help.
2nd issue-  I need help with my Norton firewall settings.   I want to lock this pc down except for approved programs.
​Here is the log and thanks in advance again.  Farbar and addition below
Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x64) Version: 26-12-2017
Ran by Ronin Asus (administrator) on DESKTOP-O7VPJFK (26-12-2017 17:33:55)
Running from C:\Users\Ronin Asus\Downloads
Loaded Profiles: Ronin Asus (Available Profiles: Ronin Asus)
Platform: Windows 10 Home Version 1709 16299.125 (X64) Language: English (United States)
Internet Explorer Version 11 (Default browser: Edge)
Boot Mode: Normal
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A:Clean Windows Install on Wiped Drive- Am I still Clean?

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I am 68 retired, no colleagues that can help and not a skilled enough to figure out what is an unnecessary start up service. I have a windows 7 professional Thinkpad x220. 4G RAM I-5 2nd generation processor. The start up takes about 2 minutes.

One thing I knew I did not need in start up was Bluetooth, to extend battery life. I removed it form start up and from Services in msconfig. For some reason the bluetooth light on the Thinkpad remains lit up.alongside the wifi light.

I have no idea how to make a copy of the Start Up list that I can send in order to get advice on what can be disabled.
Any help in this regard would be appreciated

A:Start up clean up Win 7 Thinkpad

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Hey guys  i think the title says everything. I want to clean the fans. Dont realy trust in just blowing compressed air into the fans. Actually i think it might be best to open the case and take the dust out manualy. Whats the best way to do it? And how can i make sure not to lose warranty ?  Thank you very much

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I think I have a virus or malware and have been unable to get rid of it after many tries, and I am having multiple problems with this home built computer running Windows 7Pro 64bit. I installed a retail version of Windows 7Pro 64bit and I have my original installation disk. I want to do a clean erase of my 480GB SSD and then a clean install of the same Windows 7Pro 64bit. Can you tell me how and provide any cautions etc. Thanks.

A:How can I do a clean erase of my SSD to clean install Windows 7?

Hello Joseph,

If you like, a normal clean install will also wipe the drive before installing.

Clean Install Windows 7

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i need to reset my computer to the factory settings, but i do not have the original cds. and i cannot find winnt32.exe

A:winnt32.exe missing

Welcome to TSF!

Does the system have a built in Recovery feature?
Acer eRecovery, or Dell PC Restore, etc.
Check the User Guide or the manufacture's Web site.

Contact the manufacturer, see if they can provide you with a Recovery Disk. Usually $10-$25, sometimes free.

Or check the COA sticker and see if you can borrow the same type (OEM/Retail) and Version (Home/Pro/MCE/Tablet) of Disk from a friend. If it came pre-installed it will always be OEM. It must be a Windows Re-installation disk, not a recovery disk.

You'll want to identify and find all the drivers before you start the re-install if not using a Recovery CD/Partition. An OS Re-installation CD might not have the drivers for your hardware.
They should be available on the manufacturer's web site.

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I need to reinstall Windows XP but unfortunately my CD-ROM drive stopped working about a year ago. I'm trying to reinstall by running Winnt32.exe out of the i386 folder. The installer starts up just fine and accepts the product key that I have for XP, but during the "Preparing for Installation" phase, it gets about halfway through "copying installation files" and then stops. A window pops up telling me that the Installer is undoing any changes it made to my computer, then the program closes. I've received an error message each time:
"Error 1722. There is a problem with this Windows Installer Package. A program run as part of the setup did not finish as expected."

Any help is much appreciated.

A:Winnt32 Problems

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Hi guys,

First of all, my thanks to the tech support guys who've helped me here :D

Now, my problem is non-malware related for once.

I've wanted to restore some basic system files. However, I don't have the install disks as I didn't install the software on this computer (distant cousin did). I found out that you can bypass this by running the computer from the winnt32.exe file, which is in i386. I've looked in both i386 folders that contain thousands of files and IT'S NOT THERE!

So, is there any way I can retrieve it somehow? (I need it to have autochk.exe again, besides other things... I accidentally deleted autochk, it seems.) I look at kellys-korner briefly but nothing there that could solve the problem.

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Can anyone help please? I have a nasty file infection (Virut) on my desktop and was advised by Farbar ( I posted my post on the 28th May and it is now closed) to reformat.

Unfortunately I do not have an XP cd or any bootable disk. I did however read that some companies copy a version of Windows onto the hard drive and I found it and installed WINNT32.exe.

This re installed Windows but it hasn't cleaned the drive properly and the virus is still there so it looks like a full format is required. But now I cant find the WINNT32.exe file and still dont have a CD!!
What can I do to have a normal copy of XP running?


A:No XP cd or WINNT32.exe file

As long as you still have your CD key, you can borrow someone else's CD for the install
It must be exactly the same version as what you had

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I have experienced some issues such as loss of sensitive documents attached to emails, slow functioning of the PC. I would like to remove a movie download that may have a Trojan. I am interested in cleaning up this PC extensively so as to regain confidence that it is not infected. I recently changed passwords on a safe PC as instructed; I would like to start a VPN service and a Suite for email, document, and file protection and security. Before continuing to utilize this pc, I would like to make sure it is cleansed of any virus or malware/spyware, etc., and that it is all up-to-date. Thank You in advance!
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.70GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 13 Stepping 6
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 1014 Mb
Graphics Card:
Hard Drives: C: Total - 76316 MB, Free - 45161 MB;
Motherboard: IBM, 2888GSU
Antivirus: Kaspersky Internet Security, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

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"insert the Windows XP CD and copy the folder i386 to your hard drive (if you can). Open this folder and execute the file WINNT32.exe"

The above was advise I have just read, if I try it out on my XP comp what happens and in what situations would it be useful to me.


A:i386 and winnt32.exe, explain please.

This will let you install Windows again. The i386 contains all the files needed to run the setup and the WINNT32.exe is basically the Windows Setup.exe file.

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So....I deleted the offending Spybot vers of winnt32.exe and replaced it with the one out of SP1...ooops I'm using XP Pro SP1.

Now when I boot it tells me 'The installation source path specified to setup is invalid' click OK and system comes up.

Everything still works fine on the PC and Trend Micro's HC doesn't find any other virii.....

In addition I can't restore back to before the Spybot got in for some reason....just says System can't be restored to requested date....bummer....

So where do I find the 'source path' referred to above and can I just change a registry setting to point to the correct location....

Any other ideas....its just an annoyance but I'm unsure what other ramifications this may have....

A:Spybot worm has taken over winnt32.exe



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Hey there,
My family owns a Windows XP and I've been asked to try to fix it. It's a complete war zone - viruses left and right - and I'm surprised it hasn't crashed already. So, I asked them to back up only the documents they greatly need (after scanning them several times with an updated version of Norton). The only thing that'll save this computer is a complete wipe down of the hard drive. They never received the windows installation cd - but they have winnt32 and winnit located in the hard drive. I've heard that you can completely wiped down the computer to it's basics without a cd if you run>winnt32 or go to add/remove programs>add new programs > cd or floppy > and just redirect the location to winnt32 - but, every time I try either method a pop up shows up that says that it can't install because the computer is newer than the cd - it says if i continue then i'll lose everything (which is fine), but it won't let me click continue! It simply won't run winnt32, winnt, or setup. Any suggestions?

A:Winnt32 and Reinstalling WindowsXP

If the system came without an install disk, it may have a restore partition on the hd. This will restore the system to the same state as when it was new. Read your manual to find out if you have this option.

Other than that, you need the install CD to clean install windows.

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There is no winnt.exe or winnt32.exe. files in my i386 folder. I wanted to change the language of my computer and it needs the installation cd which I don't. If there's another way please do tell.

Please do help me. Thank you very much in advance.

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This is my first post and I have seen reference to this problem but previous threads closed without resolving the problem. I would like to create a bootable cd of Windows XP to install on a separate computer. I do not have the original cd but I see the product key on the side of the tower. I have multiple i386 folders in the Windows subdirectory and I have 'searched' for the winnt files but to no avail. Any suggestions on how I might proceed as I understand that the winnt.exe (or the winnt32.exe) file is necessary to include on the cd.
Thank you.

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I am trying to upgrade from Windows XP Home to Windows XP professional, during installation the error "Stub loader WinNt32 error has occured" keeps coming up. I called Microsoft for support and spent two hours talking to technicians, they could not fix the problem. They tried checking for spyware, adware and all those other steps. I am running a Compaq Presario 6000 can anyone offer me any info? Thanks

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I really need some advice/help/magic here. I need to reinstall my OS but I've got a couple of problems.

I use a Dell Dimension 4600 PC and I don't remember whether or not it came with a boot disc for Windows XP. If it did, I don't know where it is. I've been looking for it for a week now.

But I did find the winnt32.exe file that I read about online that should basically allow me to reinstall XP without the boot CD, right? Well after backing up all my stuff onto an external (including a copy of winnt32.exe) I took a deep breath and double-clicked the file, hoping that this reinstall would fix my XP woes.

Instead, I got the following error:
"Setup cannot continue because the version of Windows on your computer is newer than the version on the CD.
Warning: If you decide to delete the newer version of Windows that is currently installed on your computer, the files and settings cannot be recovered."

So this has to be because I have Service Pack 2 installed, right? So what now? My boyfriend told me to reformat the PC's hard drive and then I would be fine to reinstall Windows but I'm pretty sure I can't do that without a boot CD.

Am I utterly screwed here? Keep in mind that while I know my way around a computer, I'm no genius, so don't make me feel stupid here! Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Help reinstalling XP with only winnt32.exe file and no boot CD

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This computer was inflected with NTOS and WINNT32.dll malware. I was able to manually disarm NTOS in safemode and delete the file last week. Today, after installing Avira AntiVir Personal, a lot of auxiliary malware was found and deleted leaving WINNT32.DLL behind and undeletable. After finding and removing the elk11.dll driver, the WINNT32.DLL could finally be deleted without it reappearing. A full Avira AntiVir Personal system scan confirms the system is clear, however I would appreciate it if someone here would be kind enough to verify this for me.The log generated by DSS is below, noting that it would not generate extra.txt anymore after the first execution, I did not include it in this post as it's data may no longer be accurate.Thank you.Deckard's System Scanner v20071014.68Run by MediaUser on 2008-06-05 18:24:52Computer is in Normal Mode.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------System Drive C: has 18.39 GiB (less than 15%) free.-- HijackThis (run as MediaUser.exe) -------------------------------------------Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 6:24:55 PM, on 6/5/2008Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost... Read more

A:Ntos Winnt32.dll Malware Found

Welcome to the BleepingComputer Forums. Since it has been a few days, please post a new HijackThis log. Thank you for your patience.If you have already posted this log at another forum or if you decide to seek help at another forum, please let us know. There is a shortage of helpers and taking the time of two volunteer helpers means that someone else may not be helped.

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what can i do now to fix my pc. cant really take it to someone to fix. can i download this somewhere maybe.

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I have ME currently and am trying to install XP over it. No matter what I do, end task on everything, except Explorer, I keep getting the message "Winnt32 has caused an error in Kernel32.dll. Winnt32 will now close. ? I cannot install XP. I find nothing in Microsoft to help with it.

I do have the winnt32 log, if that is of any help.

Can u give me a clue as to what do do. I would appreciate it.

Jo Hudson

A:Winnt32 error messages when installing XP

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Hi there,
I work as a computer teacher at a school, I am in charge of computer maintenance as well.
Some of our computers were donated to the school and I want to format them and re-install the windows xp operating system. From what I have read I will either need the windows XP installation disc or I will have to find the Winnt32.exe on the computer.
Here is my problem as the computers were donated I don't have the discs and for some reason the Winnt32.exe is not on the computer.
I have done extensive searches on multiple computers in my classroom and none of them have the Winnt32.exe.
How can I format and re-install Windows XP without the disc or the Winnt32.exe?
System Info:
Microsoft Xp
version 2002
Service Pack 3

A:Can't find Winnt32.exe on computer and I don't have a disc.

You cannot reinstall XP without the install disk. Winnt32.exe is on the CD and launches the install from the Autorun.ini file. If Windows install does not start when you insert the CD, then you can double click Winnt32.exe to start the process.
The only way to reinstall would be to extract the retail key from the each computer using Majical Jelly Bean Keyfinder and use that with a XP PRO install disk.  You may be able to find one on Ebay or perhaps somebody you know can lend you a XP PRO install disk.

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OK. I am haviing a problem. Avast keeps telling me that winlogon.exe is infected as is winnt32.dll. here is the log from the machine.C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\HPZipm12.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\New Boundary\PrismXL\PRISMXL.SYSC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashMaiSv.exeC:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashWebSv.exeC:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exeR1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://www.comcast.net/toolbar2.0/search/R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.comcast.netR1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyServer = :0R3 - URLSearchHook: Yahoo! Toolbar - {EF99BD32-C1FB-11D2-892F-0090271D4F88} - (no file)O2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dllO2 - BHO: (no name) - {202a961f-23ae-42b1-9505-ffe3c81... Read more

A:hijackthis log file need help winlogon.exe and winnt32.dll is infected

Hello! My name is Sam and I will be helping you. In order to see what's going on with your computer I'll ask for you to post various logs from the tools that we will use to resolve your issue. Please also share with me any information about how your computer is reacting and behaving each step of the way as we work through this process.Please download ComboFix from one of these locations:Link 1Link 2Link 3Important!You should NOT use Combofix unless you have been instructed to do so by a Malware Removal Expert. It is intended by its creator to be used under the guidance and supervision of an Malware Removal Expert, not for private use.Using this tool incorrectly could lead to disastrous problems with your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. Make sure that you save ComboFix.exe to your DesktopDisable your AntiVirus and AntiSpyware applications, usually via a right click on the System Tray icon. They may otherwise interfere with our tools

Double click on ComboFix.exe & follow the prompts.

As part of it's process, ComboFix will check to see if the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is installed. With malware infections being as they are today, it's strongly recommended to have this pre-installed on your machine before doing any malware removal. It will allow you to boot up into a special recovery/repair mode that will allow us to more easily help you should your computer have a problem after an attempted removal of malware.

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Hoping that someone can help...
I reinstalled windows with the WINNT32.exe file on my Inspirion 910 Mini because the computer was running slow and I could not remove all the malware.
When I booted back up I noticed that MS office was gone from my list of programs under the start menu but all the files are still there.  I have and aaplication file for excel but when I click it I get the following errors. Is there a install i need to do with this?  I have no reinstall disks for this...it just came on the PC.
1)  shows the file...I click it and it goes to image 2...I click yes here and it goes to image 3..
if I click no in image 2 it displays what is in image 4.
I also attached a minitool box report in case you need it.
I appreciate any help getting MS office back....

A:Re-Installed WIndows with WINNT32.EXE and Lost MS Office

Worth a read, IMO:  http://www.computerhope.com/forum/index.php?topic=99753.0 .

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Because of dell mini netbook having no disc drive, chose to reformat/upgrade using I1386 folder containing Winnt32.exe to execute. Upgrade seemed to complete in full up until it was to reboot and then loop began with "Please wait..." and never restarted. Had to perform a hard boot. Then at login, a window request to activate windows came up with the option yes or no. Tried both options with same result... Nothing happens. Will not allow you to log on or option to activate. Used F8 (no F11 on keyboard) to start up in safe mode and system does allow you to log on then with no activation requirement . But as soon as you try to start up in normal mode, activation window pops up every time, again with no setup to follow. Any ideas? Thanks in advance for any help in getting this resolved.

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I had many problems with BSOD crashes, and decided to make a new clean install (SSD or harddisk).
If I make a new clean install (no upgrade) is it enough to create 1 continuous unallocated disk and then it will make a clean install
Or do I have to "clean up" my old disk first before making a clean install?

A:Clean disk before clean install?

You can delete all of the partitions on the disk that you're installing Windows to. The installer will automatically create the partitions that it needs (2 for an MBR disk, 3 for GPT), and format them. It takes very little time, at least on an SSD.

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this is a dell dimension 4600 with XP Pro. the reinstallation disc it came with only has SP1 and since this has already been upgraded to SP3 it will not let me use that disc to restore the system. i know there's a million threads about this topic on here already but i can't make sense of them.


A:no i386 folder, no winnt/winnt32.exe - computer needs to be restored

Have you looked into a slipstreamed disc that you make out of your original with a bootable disc and add sp3 to it?
How about save your data and format the hard drive, won't you be able to boot to your media then or are you using recovery partition. You said disc, but not hard disc so I must assume cd.

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I tried to 'Perform a clean install of Windows XP' using the WINNT32.exe application because I havent got the Intalation CD. It accepted the Product Key fine and I got to the blue screen where you can delete or create partitions etc.
What happened in Between (you can skip this)

I needed to delete the existing partition and create a new one in its place to re-instal windows XP. But when I tried to delete the existing partition it wouldnt let me because im running the instalation off the drive that im trying to delete.

This site said it would work:
So I pressed f3 to exit and reboot/restart. Then a screen appeared where i choose between (not exact words):

'Start Windows XP Home Edition'


'Start Windows Instalation'
But it wouldnt let me choose 'Start Windows XP Home Edition', it was stuck on 'Start Windows Instalation' and my keyboards fine.

It was just a loop (Reboot>Instalatoin blue screen's thing>reboot etc.), I couldnt do anything else.

Where Im at now

So I chose the 'Repair Windows Xp' (not exact words) thinking it may let me go back to a 'normal startup'.

Anyway, that completed but now when i reboot, it starts to load windows XP like it used to (just Normaly) but when it gets past the page with the windows Logo and loading bar, a light blue screen appears saying 'Setup is be... Read more

A:Solved: HELP! Stuck in Winnt32 Instalation loop, Can't start normally!

Ive had to just buy XP...never mind

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