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Cant install windows xp over ubuntu o/s in my laptop !?

by linduhh / March 26, 2011 7:39 AM PDT

I recently bought a used Dell inspirion 8500 laptop with a ubuntu o/s installed. I had installed xp over a ubunta before for a friend on her desktop, but now am having all kinds of problems. I hope that I am giving the info that is needed for someone to help-first what happened was I put the windows xp in the cd drive and the installation started fine. however at 44% of the disk being partioned and formatted I accidently ejected the disk so I started over and again all started just fine...but at 44% it stalled and would'nt go any further...I'm not sure how but the ubunta was no longer there ?? or I could'nt bring it up. I had a disk for ubunta so I reinstalled it. (the original was a "tweaked ubunta" ?? well I have that re-installed but now I cant get the xp installation to start. when I put the disk in and ask for it to boot from the cd-rom drive it still comes up like nothing is in the drive...or like its booting from the hd. I'm not even sure if I partioned the ubunta right or not ?? I just want to get the ubunta OUT OF THE LAPTOP and to have my windows xp installed...can someone out there help ??? Im sure I have not given all the info needed and I apoligize just let me know what info to give and I will gladly respond..and no offense to all the ubunta fans out there but I do not like that o/s at all and just want to load windows. thanks for all that can help

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Start over . . .
by Coryphaeus / March 26, 2011 9:20 AM PDT

Get yourself a W98SE boot floppy. Boot from it. Use the Fdisk command and remove all partitions. Create a new partition. Format it. You should now have a clean, blank drive. Boot from the XP CD. Start over as if you have a new, blank hard drive. Make sure you have the drivers for all hardware.

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by pgc3 / March 27, 2011 1:27 AM PDT

Typically you would install Ubuntu as dual boot from Win, XP, VISTA, WIN7,etc. The easiest way to do that would be to (from Windows) download (from search engine) the WUBI installer and load Ubuntu through the installer which is very easy. To do what you are tying to do may be tricky, especially if you are using the Dell recovery software. Good luck.

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Re: Windows XP CD doesn't boot
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 27, 2011 4:42 AM PDT

Did you consider the possibility they sold the laptop because the CD drive and the hard disk were having issues?

The CD drive seems to have issues because it doesn't boot a bootable CD at the moment.
The disk seems to have issues because it can't be formatted.

Kees

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