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Due to an oversaturation of malware on the machine, I've been trying to reinstall windows xp professional over the old installation only to be halted by a safety center malware screen. Most of the removal tutorials suggest to go through add/remove programs. Of course i'm unable to do this because I'm in the middle of a reinstallation.

Does any one know how to about doing this through perhaps ASR? I have also tried going through ASR except I receive an "access denied" when I attempt to cd into the suggested directories to delete.

thanks in advance

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I should probably add I'm reinstalling so I can get the data off of the drives. The sata drives are striped – user15739 Oct 28 '09 at 4:22
Out of curiosity, hardware or software (windows) raid? – Chris_K Oct 28 '09 at 5:32
no raid.. just doing jbod – user15739 Oct 28 '09 at 13:34

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If you're just trying to get the data off, don't bother repairing it.

Instead, take another drive, make it the boot drive and do a normal installation to it. With the right disk drivers loaded you'll now be able to get at your messed-up installation.

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If you just want to retrieve your data, use BOOTCD, or a bootable Linux Distro to boot in, copy the data toa backup drive (Permanent or removable). Then just format the Windows Drive & install Windows.

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