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was trying to install Norton on a friend's older IBM thinkpad and it messed up the winint files or something. it will not boot to windows even in safe mode/whatever mode - it just freezes on the Win ME splash page.
this Thinkpad has it's Windows CD installed directly onto the HDD - i can perform a system recovery on it, but it will reformat the entire HDD and my friend will lose all her data (photos/schoolwork).
would it be possible to boot from another Windows ME CD and repair/reinstall it without formating the HDD?
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What I would do if it were mine, I would first go to the local electronics store and by a usb hard drive enclosure. Pull the drive from the laptop and backup any of those files you want to keep onto an other computer.
Then return the drive into the thinkpad and try to repair it.
alnielsen took my suggestion. get all the data she wants off the HD. And then the most important step will be to upgrade to at least Win2k. Cause ME sucks. Probably the worst operating system Microsoft ever released.
If you want to fix your probllems with ME, go to Best Buy/Circuit City and buy yourself a copy of WindowsXP Professional and upgrade. If you must, then using the CD to do a repair install is an option, but as others have mentioned, back-up the data, fdisk, format, reinstall. Best of luck.
I get it (see attachment), but I guess no normal people would get it (yes though absent for a long time I am baaaack) :P
AS for the question at hand the saying two wrongs don't make a right comes to mind...
Windows ME - Wrong
Norton - Very WRONG!
Yeah like other's said I would use a USB drive if possible, might be painfully slow if it is a real old IBM (no USB 2.0) but still worth saving the data, then reload and DO NOT put Norton back on. We found in testing that even the free version of AVG caught more viruses than Norton does and it is not a resource hog to boot.
All my computer problems went away the day I migrated from Windows ME to XP Home. Can you imagine a OS crashing before it actually started? Happened several times a week before.
Also, don't use Internet Explorer.