Originally Posted by Äß§ý∩†H♠HäŽ€
Just boot it from the CD and erase the partitions and format the entire drive. It shouldn't be that hard. When the selections come up were to install the OS just delete them both and reformat it.
Its been a while since i've re installed anything so I can't remember the exact procedure but its listed right under the boot volumes what options you have. Just delete them and re install. You shouldn't need to make any partitions on a 80GIG drive.
After you get everything set back up download avast for him. Its a completely free Anti Virus app. The only thing you need to do is register it after like 90 days then they send you a key for a year subscription. You just do that each year for a new key. They just disable some features in basic.
There is a free utility for pretty much everything you need to keep a PC running. Granted there not as fast as apps you have to pay for but there free.
As for it being a boot legged copy thats irrelevant. The original XP key should be located somewhere on the PC. When you have to put the key in put his key in. It doesn't matter thereafter as long as your key is legal.
He has a big problem here he says he doesn't have the OS disc's so he cant boot from the CD, He will have to buy another OS disc then start from scratch.
Reformatting the computer before getting all the required software ready was very foolish, you should always have the OS disc, Motherboard disc, and any driver discs to hand before attempting a format, you will have to tell Grandpa to buy another OS or find it by other means, A good free AV and Firewall IS COMODO, so download that, I would also recommend getting some imaging software like NORTON GHOST or ACRONIS TRUE IMAGE to back up your drive immediately once its up and running.