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    Installing XP problems

    Heres where im at...

    Ubuntu will not let me open any .exe file..... any help?
    Or run my xp disk.... when i run the disk i get this error message...

    Archive: /media/WinXP/SETUP.EXE
    [/media/WinXP/SETUP.EXE]
    End-of-central-directory signature not found. Either this file is not
    a zipfile, or it constitutes one disk of a multi-part archive. In the
    latter case the central directory and zipfile comment will be found on
    the last disk(s) of this archive.
    zipinfo: cannot find zipfile directory in one of /media/WinXP/SETUP.EXE or
    /media/WinXP/SETUP.EXE.zip, and cannot find /media/WinXP/SETUP.EXE.ZIP, period.


    This is my 1st time using ubuntu and so far im not impressed, i cant download anything or use any disk.. feels like im stuck with this, welll.. to me quite rubbish OS.

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    Re: Installing XP problems

    I get the same thing, but this is when i'm opening an .exe file of a game

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    Re: Installing XP problems

    Erm. You are trying to do what exactly?
    Ubuntu won't run .exe files any more than Windows will run linux executables.

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    Re: Installing XP problems

    Why are you trying to run the WinXP CD on Ubuntu??? (If I understood your post correctly).

    How did you install Ubuntu?

    And, as YesWeCan already asked, what do you want to do?

    We can only help you if you tell us what you are trying to achieve.


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    Re: Installing XP problems

    I am trying to install Xp, i bought my computer rescently from Ebay and it came with UBUNTU.
    I have tryed formating the hard drive to start from scratch but it wont even let me do that...

    All i want is XP not UBUNTU... How can i get my disk to work.. which is .exe when ubuntu wont load it...

    I have tryed using ubuntu help which ermmm wasnt really much help, Ive tryed software sources and syneptic package manager w/e... apparantly my xp disk isnt there but i can see the files i just cant open them or use them in any way!
    (This OS feels like a virus lol)


    Thanks
    Last edited by kennerley; August 14th, 2010 at 05:26 PM.

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    Re: Installing XP problems

    Quote Originally Posted by kennerley View Post
    I am trying to install Xp, i bought my computer rescently from Ebay and it came with UBUNTU.
    I have tryed formating the hard drive to start from scratch but it wont even let me do that...

    All i want is XP not UBUNTU... How can i get my disk to work.. which is .exe when ubuntu wont load it...
    (This OS feels like a virus lol)


    Thanks
    First things first, how did you try and format the drive?

    Second, to run the WinXP disk you need to boot the computer with the disk after setting BIOS to boot from the CD drive.

    You should then be able to access the WinXP disk normally and choose/follow the instructions to install.

    Alternatively, boot the computer with the Ubuntu CD and use GParted to delete the current setup, leaving the drive free for XP.

    Then, go back to step 2 and boot using the XP CD.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978307

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    Re: Installing XP problems

    Quote Originally Posted by kennerley View Post
    which is .exe
    If your disk is .exe, it's not a Windows OS install disk. If you want to replace Ubuntu with Windows, you'll need a full Windows OS install disk, a recovery disk will not be sufficient.

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    Re: Installing XP problems

    Thank you very much you are proberbly right... I thought it was because on the disk was Setup.exe and the 25didgit key.

    Do you possibly know anywhere to download Xp
    If not i will have to find my other disk lol.

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    Re: Installing XP problems

    25 digit key must be the cd key, if u downloaded the Xp u need to burn it on the CD the go to bios and set ur pc to boot on cd then put the disk in tray and reboot
    Monitor: LG flatron w1954s 22", mobo: G31-m7 series, CPU: Intel LGA 775 Intel core duo 2 2,66GHZ, RAM: 3GB, GPU: ATI Radeom HD 2400, Storage: 500GB SATA and 80GB IDE, Windows 7 ultimate and Ubuntu

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    Re: Installing XP problems

    If you are having such basic issues with understanding Ubuntu and booting from a CD-ROM and such then you are going to have plenty of fun when it comes time to find and install the drivers for your potential Windows XP install.. Perhaps you should find a friend who is knowledgeable about computers to assist you?

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