This happens when the Windows installer runs across a partition type it can't read. So basically anything that isn't FAT or NTFS.
If you use some third party tool to remove the Linux partition, the Windows installer should start up just fine.
A few days ago I installed ubuntu on my hard drive, now I'm trying to reinstall xp, and I'm having some troubles.
My hard drive is partioned, into two sections. One, a small one for the xp installation, and a bigger one for all my data. The smaller one I've installed xp on numerous times, never had an issue till now. With this same xp disk. But now, whenever I try, after the initial screen, (The one that lets you format, then it copies the files over to the drive, and then restarts your pc.) it either JUST Lets tells me to press any key to boot from the cd, as it did before, or, with no cd in, leaves me on a blank screen, with one underline in the upper left hand corner.
I can wait for as long as I want in either case, but the xp installation never starts up. Is there ANYTHING I can do to get it to work? It never happened till I tried linux. People are telling me to just reformat the whole drive, but that has so much stuff to back up on it, and I don't have another hard drive to do it on..And like I said, it never did this till now.
One other thing.
Before linux, the partion that always had windows on it was "c" and the data part was "d". now the windows setup lists the data part as c, and I never switched it, nor do I even know how..I also don't know if that matters, But I figured I should say it, just in case.
If anyone can give me any help, that'd be awesome.