1. Post #1
    FreeHugs's Avatar
    October 2010
    658 Posts
    I tried installing windows XP onto a Dell Laptop, and when I try to use the partition that it is already on, it won't allow me and now I am stuck at the setup page.. What's the best thing to do this now? Windows XP won't boot anymore..

    Edited:

    I would appreciate anyone's help :/

  2. Post #2
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    SilentOpp's Avatar
    August 2005
    912 Posts
    Just delete the partition and create a new one, if there's multiple ones just use the exact same size as before.

    Here's a microsoft KB article that contains the process. I know they sometime look daunting but this one is nice and step by step.
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/896529

  3. Post #3
    FreeHugs's Avatar
    October 2010
    658 Posts
    it wouldn't allow me.. It said it was using setup files and it refused it. Ironic how you posted, when I just sent you a message as I saw a post of yours elsewhere.

  4. Post #4
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    SilentOpp's Avatar
    August 2005
    912 Posts
    Well this is a little complicated so I hope it works out.

    Boot under the Windows XP CD and when it gives you the option, select to 'Repair Using Recovery Console'.

    When the command prompt comes up, enter DISKPART and hit enter. This will take you to the windows formatting tool. Next, type in 'list disk' and hit enter. It will give you a list of all the hard disks on the computer.

    If you know which disk hold the os, just type 'select disk #', # being the number of the corresponding disk. By typing 'list partition' after selecting a disk, you should see a list of partitions. The one containing the old XP install should be marked primary. Use the command 'select part #' to select the old system partition. Next, just type 'delete partition' and confirm and let it to it's job and all that jazz. Then, restart, and try the installation again.

    You'll have go about recreating that partition but at least it can't store setup files on it this time.

    EDIT: Tried to send you a PM but none of them are appearing in my sent folder..

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  6. Post #6
    mutt4xtreme's Avatar
    August 2010
    27 Posts
    What i did was put in a linux slackware disc. And i selected format hard disk on the DVD menu. Then installed windows. Or, you could just use a old DOS version of windows, and make it formate the hard disk. If all else fails then rub a magent over the hard drive and hope everything erases. XD
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    Chulo Arco's Avatar
    January 2011
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    If all else fails then rub a magent over the hard drive and hope everything erases. XD
    Maybe you should rub your face over your computer hoping that something exiting happens.
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  8. Post #8
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    May 2008
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    I saw the title of the thread and thought it was the same problem that got me earlier. I just got done reinstalling XP pro on a friends PC, Dell OEM crap.

    It refused to load the disk, so I dropped it into the next cd drive and low and behold "Please press any key to boot from CD or DVD..."

    Oh Dell, so strange sometimes...

  9. Post #9
    FreeHugs's Avatar
    October 2010
    658 Posts
    Is there anyway else to do this? I think I completely fucked the computer, as I was trying to reformat it via PowerISO (Which I have been successful with my computer) and than this issue occurred, and it doesn't have a built in CD drive so I tried hooking up an external, and it keeps refusing it, I than burned the ISO to a USB which was bootable, and it said "Please remove any other media" (Which I am assuming would be the virtual drive) ...... If you could help me, within the hour.. I will give you some sort of reimbursement.

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    May 2008
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    Is there anyway else to do this? I think I completely fucked the computer, as I was trying to reformat it via PowerISO (Which I have been successful with my computer) and than this issue occurred, and it doesn't have a built in CD drive so I tried hooking up an external, and it keeps refusing it, I than burned the ISO to a USB which was bootable, and it said "Please remove any other media" (Which I am assuming would be the virtual drive) ...... If you could help me, within the hour.. I will give you some sort of reimbursement.
    No internal CD drive? How old is the laptop? You may have to change some settings in the BIOS to enable installing from a flash drive, unless the laptop doesn't support it. If you can, and can't find any other choice go here: http://www.bootdisk.com/

    Theres a host of different boot disks there that will likely have FDISK which you can use to format to fat16 or 32, assuming theres a floppy drive in it.

    EDIT: After re-reading your post, it seems your trying to install XP on another partition while running XP? Also, use daemon tools as theres better support for disk images and can mount nearly anything. May I have a bit more info on what you've done so far?

  11. Post #11
    Brock Obama's Avatar
    January 2012
    412 Posts
    Gparted is a LiveCD that us USB-bootable. I recommend using it rather than fdisk for DOS.

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    May 2008
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    I've had to use it before when xp gave me crap about formatting, otherwise I'm against using it too. It's just when theres little choice and a few more steps are needed to get the desired result.

  13. Post #13
    Brock Obama's Avatar
    January 2012
    412 Posts
    I've had to use it before when xp gave me crap about formatting, otherwise I'm against using it too. It's just when theres little choice and a few more steps are needed to get the desired result.
    Understandable. I just come prepared more than most, with every USB tool known to man in my pocket. I currently have 57GB of USB sticks in my pocket at all times.

  14. Post #14
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    Understandable. I just come prepared more than most, with every USB tool known to man in my pocket. I currently have 57GB of USB sticks in my pocket at all times.
    I'd say that is a bit overkill, but when you think about it there are alot of tools out there that could be needed. I think I'll just get a Free Agent GO 500 gig and load that sucker up with all the tools I got, the plus to that thing is its all USB and pocket sized.

  15. Post #15
    Brock Obama's Avatar
    January 2012
    412 Posts
    I'd say that is a bit overkill, but when you think about it there are alot of tools out there that could be needed. I think I'll just get a Free Agent GO 500 gig and load that sucker up with all the tools I got, the plus to that thing is its all USB and pocket sized.
    I should just invest in a cheap 128GB SSD in a USB case and call it good.