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  1. I have another 3 important questions:

    (1) If I do want to wipe out everything on "C" drive. What would you recommend to accomplish this task (a built in utility, a utility I could download from online, a utility I could purchase in a store, or some other means)?

    (2) Is it a problem to conduct this clean install if I currently only get 3 minutes before the blue screen appears?

    (3) IMPORTANT: Is there any way that an install can get buggered (by me not doing it correctly) to the extent that its no longer possible to install XP?

    I greatly appreciate your time. Thank you.

  2. You can try that too (preferably after checkdisk with or without recovery console), but nothing beats clean install. The "repair install" doesn't touch 3rd party drivers, doesn't clean registry and files from junk that piled up over the years, and malware (or bad drivers) can still survive.

    It might work, but if it doesn't - you have wasted your time and still have to do clean install. The only nuisance with clean install is that you have to redo your settings all over again... for Windows and all programs (after reinstalling them). :angry: But you get to format the drive "properly". :)

    If you're hellbent on repairing it, try some forum where users are willing to analyze logs (I'm not sure if you can do it here?) you post from HijackThis, AutoRuns or similar programs. In any case, you should provide more info (computer configuration, SP level, installed programs...)


    I think you're right. I just do not seem to be able to fix whatever the darn problem is and it's best to do a clean install. This is not going to be easy for me because I don't know how so I'll have to find step-by-step instructions somewhere.

    One more thing, I have the XP Upgrade CD (because I upgraded from ME). Is it best to totally wipeout my "C" drive, buy a new XP CD and install that. My current CD only includes SP 1 so I would need hundreds of updates (SP2, SP3)?

  3. I don't know if you can help regarding the following problem but, if you

    Can, I really need your help.

    Because my PC used to operate with ME and was updated to XP Home, my filing

    System was FAT 32. Due to the fact that NTFS is a better system, I decided

    To convert from FAT 32 to NTFS using the XP built-in converter. All went

    Well except for one major problem...after startup and after approx. 3 to 5

    Minutes, a blue screen appears that reads: "a problem has been detected and

    Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer

    BAD_POOL_HEADER" then the message goes on telling you lots more regarding

    Uninstalling any recent programs etc. (there has been no real recent

    Programs and naturally this error is caused by something to do with the


    I tried rebooting many times and the same problem keeps happening. After

    Approx 5-7 minutes it reverts to the same blue screen message in ALL

    Circumstances..I.e.. If I log on as normal or if I don't log on and don't do


    NOTE 1: someone suggested the following but it did not help "Switch off Microsoft's indexing service.

    You can do this by clicking the start button, select "Run", then type "msconfig", then select the "Services" TAB,

    Scroll down to the Indexing Service and Switch it off. Reboot your computer, and good luck - maybe it will work"

    NOTE 2: for some reason I am not able to get into Safe Mode now. Any suggestion on how to do that other than the usual way?

    If you can help solve this problem it would be very, very much appreciated.

    Needless to say, I am able to write to you because I am using my wife's


    Thank you for your time!

  4. My OS is XP Home which was installed on the same PC that used to have ME; therefore, my filing system is still FAT 32.

    I would like to convert my FAT 32 system to NTFS. From what I have read I understand that this is possible and no data will be lost. I tried entering the following command: "C:\>convert C/FS:NTFS", but a message appears that states the command "is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file".

    I have two questions:

    (1) I was hoping there is a utility that I can download that would make conversion a lot easier, is there?

    (2) Am I correct in thinking that NTFS is a much better filing system than FAT 32 and therefore making converting worthwhile?

    Thank you so much for your time, I really appreciate it.

  5. I downloaded SP 3 on my pC and all went well. I am currently in the process of downloading SP 3 on my wife's PC. I have closed all running programs including AV and Firewall software. Approx 60% completed (according to the progress bar), it appears as though the download is frozen because the progress bar has not moved for approx. 1 hour.

    Is that normal or has something gone wrong and, if so, what do you recommend?

    Thank you very much for your help!

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