WIN XP reload

  guzgog 20:29 04 May 08
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Hi I hope someone can help. I had a virus in my boot sector which stopped me loading windows. I tried to re-load XP but to no availe. So after formating my hard drive I put on my old Win 98 then ME. However when I tried to reload Win XP, (I have all my serial numbers which I enter sucssessfully), I get the message iaSetor.sys not found: this takes me back into a loop of restart computer etc. In win ME I have run the find folder for iaStor.sys and it goes straight to the D promt where I have the Win XP OS disc. Hope someone out there can help. Please genuine advice only. Thanks Guzgog

  csqwared 20:39 04 May 08

As far as I'm aware you don't need to install Win98 or ME when installing XP if you are doing it from a retail (upgrade) version, just insert the XP disc to install and during the installation process you will be asked to insert the '98 disc, and then re-isert the XP disc. Found the following if it gives you any clues:-

Windows XP needs it so instal.
Adam Ehrman Shapiro
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iastor.sys is the intel matrix storage manager driver file. You may be able to start and stop it but once windows loads it's always running anyways if you have a HDD controller that needs it.
Mike (further information)
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This file was made by Intel to give Windows more access to the harddrive. It is a file that Dell machines will request upon an installation of windows xp.
Otto
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If you have RAID configuration do not remove file!
Roni (further information)

  VoG II 20:40 04 May 08

I think that you mean iaStor.sys

Try cleaning the XP CD and try again.

  csqwared 20:45 04 May 08

you could also have a look here click here

  guzgog 20:51 04 May 08

Have read your comments but please note I HAD TO reinstall 98 then ME to get the computer running again but I cannot get my copy of XP ( genuine I have the SN) to reinstall. I still get the cannot find iaStor.sys message. Then the computer goes back into a loop of restart/ reload Windows or XP setup. I can restart using ME. This is not a Dell computer. Should I reformat the HDD and try XP from a clean install? Guzgog

  Zeppelyn 21:07 04 May 08

Why not download a copy of the file and put it on floppy. When the XP install asks for it you just point to the floppy drive.

  VoG II 21:08 04 May 08

Install XP click here

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