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During boot got a blue screen telling me the harddrive had a virus,replaced h/d also ran disk sanitizer..when trying to reinstall xp get the same blue screen when the install gets to the "starting windows" part..? haylp! :]

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Hi there. Sorry to hear you are having trouble. However this is a really simple fix. All you have to do is remove your ram sticks for 10 seconds and put them back in. Make sure there is no power when you are doing this. Then restart and run your setup again. There may be a chance that you can save your old hard drive as well. Good luck...

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