My computer is stock in the middle of the first installation. How do I start over?

Question

I got a virus in my computer that wiped out my windows folder. So I got an reinstallation disk to reinstall my operating system, I got about midway through the installation when it stopped installing. It said that the disk did not have a few certain files, so I went out to buy a new Install disk, but my computer is stuck in the middle of the first installation and it won't let me start over. What should I do? The operating system I had on the computer first was XP pro, the reinstall disk I had was for XP pro, when that one didn't work I got a XP home install disk.

Answer

This question was answered on January 23, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

What you can do is restart your computer and press F5 to go to safe mode From there you can cancel that first installation

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on January 23, 2004