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    Default Ubuntu installed and working. Can't reinstall WinXP

    We have an older Desktop PC with WinXp on 40GiB Main Drive and Ubuntu 10.04 on 8GiB second Hdd . While reinstalling Ubuntu WinXp was mistakenly deleted.
    When I try to reinstall WinXP from the installation CD it appears to boot from the CDRom drive (I have selected to boot from there by pressing F12)
    But Ubuntu desktop appears on the screen. The file XPSP1a_Eng_PER shows on the Desktop as a mountable device. When I right click the file I can select open Autorun prompt.

    GParted shows the 40 GiB
    as follows: Device info: 37.25 GiB unallocated
    ATA IC35L060VV207-0
    Path/dev/sda
    partition table: msdos
    heads:255
    sectors/track:63
    cylinders:4863
    total sectors: 78124095
    file system support nfts, fat 32

    What should I do?
    Create a ntfs partition? From where?
    Delete ubuntu? From where?
    Or something else?

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    Default Re: Ubuntu installed and working. Can't reinstall WinXP

    Does it ever show any XP screens? Did you press a key to boot from the CD (this is a Windows thing and is additional to F12)?
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    Default Re: Ubuntu installed and working. Can't reinstall WinXP

    Thank you,

    Yes I did. I also set the bios to boot from CD as first option.

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    Default Re: Ubuntu installed and working. Can't reinstall WinXP

    And no, it never shows any XP screens

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    Default Re: Ubuntu installed and working. Can't reinstall WinXP

    Then it's not booting from the CD.
    Recheck your boot settings and procedure.
    Check the CD in another PC.
    Check the drive with another bootable CD.

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    Default Re: Ubuntu installed and working. Can't reinstall WinXP

    Did you by any chance download a copy of Windows and burn it to disc? If you did, you may have done it incorrectly. If your Windows CD contains a single .ISO file, you know you did it wrong.
    Non-system disk or disk error. Replace and strike any key when ready.

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    Default Re: Ubuntu installed and working. Can't reinstall WinXP

    Quote Originally Posted by Agent_24 View Post
    Did you by any chance download a copy of Windows and burn it to disc? If you did, you may have done it incorrectly. If your Windows CD contains a single .ISO file, you know you did it wrong.
    I don't think Windows XP can legally be downloaded like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcuser42 View Post
    I don't think Windows XP can legally be downloaded like that.
    Never said it was legal. However if he does have a legit COA I see no real problem.
    Non-system disk or disk error. Replace and strike any key when ready.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent_24 View Post
    Never said it was legal. However if he does have a legit COA I see no real problem.
    Still violates the rules doesn't it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent_24 View Post
    Did you by any chance download a copy of Windows and burn it to disc? If you did, you may have done it incorrectly. If your Windows CD contains a single .ISO file, you know you did it wrong.
    I do have the original disc.

    I have found the solution. When Windows and Linux are installed on the same computer. (I do have separate harddisks) Windows has to be installed before Linux. Maybe not in the case of all versions of Windows or when reinstalling over an existing running WinXp.

    I deleted all partitions on Linux by using GParted on a live Linux disc. WinXp installed without a hitch after that. And then I reinstalled Ubuntu.

    Thank you all for your suggestions. I hope the answer to my problem can be of help to someone else in the future.

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