I am still copying files (And I cannot find my windows XP CD)....
Your system probably didn't come with a restore disc, the recovery software is in a special partition on the hard drive instead. If you wish to restore your system follow the instructions under "Using Dell PC Restore by Symantec" on p. 55 of the Dell E520 User Manual
. Note again that *all* data will be destroyed, so be sure any files you want to save are copied to other media first.
If it will not "accept" a copy (2/2/15) does that mean the copy is corrupt? Or the computer is.
A failing file copy could be caused by problems at either the source, destination, or both.
If I use safe mode, could a "bad" copy be installed?
A file copy should be identical to the original whether it is done in Safe mode or not.
I am copying files (still) to several drives. I am afraid to use them on another computer. Is it enough to run the flash through an avast scan ("Removable disk")?
A malware scan using a known-clean (non-infected) computer should be sufficient to test the files for any included malware.
My other desktop is windows XP pro. (Overheats SFF).
I recommend first cleaning the system (dust removal), then check the fans to be sure they are working and replace any that have failed. If that doesn't help then remove and reinstall the processor heat sink, cleaning off and re-applying new thermal interface material (thermal grease) in the process. The service manual
for the system shows the procedure.
Yesterday (before the reg restore) I could not use the scanner - Error "Filename" I cannot recall. Today I can.
In that case it sounds like the system restore may have corrected the registry and/or driver errors that may have been the cause. If the system is currently running normally then you may not need to go as far as a full "Dell PC Restore".
Do you have any faith in Avast! Grimefighter?
I haven't tested them so I cannot make any recommendations for or against.
My malewarebytes won't run because it states to uninstall it but I cannot both ADD/REMOVE and malewarebytes uninstall state the set up files are corrupt.
I do use and recommend Malwarebytes Free edition. If you cannot uninstall an older version in order to install the latest, then first use mbam-clean.exe
to completely remove the older version of Malwarebytes, then download and install the latest version.
If I have to reinstall windows (which I am sure I’ll have to) where are the dell documents kept (Just under C:\dell?)
The Dell PC Restore feature I mentioned earlier should automatically reinstall everything that was on the system when it was new. Scott.