Is it possible to do that? I got a real nasty virus on my desktop, (XP) which has completely hampered my internet connection and slowed everythign way down. I've searched and searched for the answer but haven't found anything yet.
I don't have the original xp disks for my desktop, but I do have the restoration disks for my laptop which are for Vista. Can I format my desktop and just use the Vista disks?
Also note, the laptop with vista on it was bought in the store, while I custom built the desktop which has xp on it.
Why not install and use Linux? You can boot a Linux live cd/dvd drive, mount your Windows file system, copy your data files to a thumb drive, and then install Linux - it will happily reformat your drive, removing all trace of your virus, and you can use OpenOffice or LibreOffice to read your MS Word, Powerpoint, and other files.