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Upon restart I get
Strike f1 to retry boot, f2 for setup utility

F1 gives same message again
F2 brings setup menu but I don't have a clue what to do there.

Computer won't boot.. Posting from iPhone.

What to do? :(

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F2 brings up the setup menu
System time
System date
Drive configuration
Boot sequence
Etc

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Do you have your installation CD? It looks like your MBR is corrupt and needs repairing.
Let me know please and we will set about repairing it.

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I have been unable to find it so far... unfortunately.

It's a Dell computer about 4.5 years old. Think I should call Dell and ask for a replacement?

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Not likely. You really need the Windows installation CD.
Are you able to borrow one?

Can you boot at all into safe mode?

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No, it will not boot at all. I may have a recovery cd for another computer at my office.. Also XP but newer, about 2 years old. Think
that would work?

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It may work ok. Sometimes later editions do not like playing with older ones, but we will see :).

That is one nasty infection you managed to pick up.

I have seen this happen before when an attempt is made to be rid of it.

Have you managed to back up all your needed files......just in case?

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I did back up my c drive on an external last week just in case. I'll go to office and see if I can find the cd in a little while.

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I have searched high and low for the Windows install cd with no luck. I'm taking the computer back to the shop. Once I get it back, I will post in the thread again to ask for help checking that they actually did get the virus this time.

Thanks to both of you for your time and help.

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