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Can't do a reinstall of Win XP after running Free Killdisk

by blood2wine / March 29, 2013 3:18 AM PDT

Had a Acer Aspire laptop with old version of Ubuntu on it. Used a free Killdisk cd on it and tried to reinstall Windows XP from a cd. Cannot get it to reinstall. Also, have some "non authentic " cds with windows on them that have worked in past and now they wont reinstall either. Have win 32 bit and win 64 bit.

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What error message are you getting?
by wpgwpg / March 29, 2013 3:27 AM PDT

When you boot from the XP install disc, what error message are you getting? How far into the setup are you getting? Do you get to the point where it asks you if you if you want to create a partition? Does your laptop have a SATA hard drive? If so, did you disable AHCI in the BIOS? To install XP on a PC with a SATA hard drive, you need to disable AHCI because the XP install software doesn't support SATA.

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True. XP is usually too hard to install on these new things
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 29, 2013 3:27 AM PDT

Most Aspires use SATA HDDs and XP knows nothing about that. Google this to see folk have been discussing this for years.

-> How do I install XP to a SATA hard drive?

Not much new going on here. For more ideas, let's have you supply the manual to this laptop. I need to see if it can emulate IDE.

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One thing I've found

One thing I've found about XP, is that the installer doesn't like it when it finds a HDD with non-FAT or NTFS partition types. In theory you should be able to delete them and create new ones after the first stage installer gets rolling, but at least in my experience, it always stalls while loading files, you never even get to the part where you can start the install process.

So I would get a gparted disc, and use that to create an NTFS partition in place of the Ext3 (or possibly Ext2) partition that's likely there now. Whatever partitions exist now, get rid of them and make a new NTFS partition or partitions. Then if you use one of the pirated copies of Windows you have, don't bother coming back if you run into additional problems.

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