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I recently installed ubuntu on my hdd and wiped my hdd clean when installing it(my choice), because i wanted a dual boot system i decided to re-install windows xp, i ...
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- 07-01-2006 #1
- Join Date
- Jul 2006
Installing Xp after ububtu. Help!!
I recently installed ubuntu on my hdd and wiped my hdd clean when installing it(my choice), because i wanted a dual boot system i decided to re-install windows xp, i put the cd in and rebooted my comp and then tried to boot of the cd but i doesn't run and just boots to ubuntu, so i re-installed ubuntu leaving a partition and tried running the xp disk again but it wont run, anyone got any suggestions please.....
- 07-01-2006 #2
You will need to set the boot order in your BIOS so that it checks the CD-ROM drive for a bootable disk before the HDD.
- 07-02-2006 #3
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- Jun 2006
- Houston, TX
First of all you probably need to install XP first. Trying to install Windows *after* Linux is installed is going to give you nothing more than a migraine.
Save yourself time and trouble and go install XP then install Ubuntu afterwards.
- 07-06-2006 #4
A fairly simple solution
Try to back-up all your data. Then change BIOS boot order to something like CD, A:, C:. After doing that insert your XP's CD-ROMS and reformat your hard-drive (if you can, an FAT or FAT32 file-system) and then install Ubuntu using the GRUB boot loader. Then restore your data that you backed up.
- 07-08-2006 #5
Rishi's right. If your harddrive is booting up first you have to change the settings in your BIOS. For doing a Windows install after a Linux install it would be nice to change which partition is bootable from a LiveCD to a partition that has a /boot directory. Off hand I don't know of any partition tool that can do that in Linux. I know there's no option within windows MMC to change which partition is bootable because Windows doesn't recognize Linux filesystems. Maybe partition Magic can do it because I believe it has support for Linux filesystems. Before anything back up all your information especially because I assume that you're using NTFS. NFTS can be a pain sometimes when it comes to Linux support. But by the way it looks you'll more than likely have to install Windows first then Linux second.