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« on: February 11, 2006, 11:59:29 PM »

Hello everyone, Here is the situation...My parents were given a Compaq desktop from a family member, it had an OEM Win 95 installed. I currently live in Japan, when my wife and I visited my parents for xmas I installed Win XP Pro, which is I guess a "corporate edition" that my mom brought home from work. Apparently its allowable for the employees to install this on their home PC. Everything went smoothly as I installed it, as well as updated everything and installed a few peripheral devices(keyboard,mouse, webcam). It was working great when we came back to japan. Just a couple weeks ago the PC will begin to start up windows then recycle back and automatically reboot over and over again, now the window XP picture  wont even show, it will start recycling before windows gets a chance to start loading. Unfortunately my Dad waisted $90 for support from HP/Compaq which ofcourse they couldnt solve the problem.(they never helped me,always figured it out myself). My Dad DL the 6 boot disk from his work PC that support told him as well.  My parents are not PC saavy but I was able to get into the BIOS, A: and C: prompt, however the only command that would work is dir. When trying to re-install XP it will read deleting old files and preparing to install new files etc. then will ask to reboot, when rebooted it will begin recycling again. My Dad said that support had him re-partition the drive too but didnt work, however dont know alot of details yet. I just now told him to uplug the PC, open the case up , then uplug the hard drives power supply and cable, then wait a while and I will call him back after searching for any solution or help. If anyone can please offer and advice or solutions to this problem I would greatly appreciated. It was great being able to see my parents and my dog on video conferencing.  Thanks

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« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2006, 10:27:08 AM »

Did you install a firewall?
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2006, 08:37:15 AM »

I asked if you installed a firewall, because if you didn't. Or you didn't have it active prior to installing any service packs, that the system could already be swamped with the worms, trojans and viruses that live out there on the internet and which can just install themselves on any system with open TCP ports (not blocked by a firewall).

As far as I know, the firewall wasn't on by standard when Microsoft delivered any version of XP. You had to manually put it to On.
Thus the question about the firewall. (there was no need to PM me about this. Wink)
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