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    How to dual-boot with XP after completely removing XP?

    I am running an hp pavillion dv6000 with ubuntu 11.04 (classic mode(gnome), no effects), and I am wanting to use some programs that just aren't supported in wine. I don't want to get rid of my beloved ubuntu, I want to dual-boot with windows xp. I have the windows xp install cd, but it stops in the middle of installation saying 'Setup could not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer'. When installing ubuntu, I completely erased windows XP, so do I need to mess with my partitions or something? If so, how do I do that? What is the best way for me to acheive what I want? Preferably, in step-by-step instructions.

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    Re: How to dual-boot with XP after completely removing XP?

    You might have some problems here as it's normally far easier to resize xp and then install ubuntu. For the step by step guide you could try http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_l...lled_first.htm [ ignore the page 2 backing up grub menu.lst as 11.04 uses a different system ] so the last step (re-installing grub after xp installation) is covered on point #13 here http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1195275

    Or you could try backing up your ubuntu installation using something like remastersys http://maketecheasier.com/backup-ubu...sys/2008/12/22 to backup ubuntu, format the whole disk and then do xp and the remastersys installation of ubuntu.
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    Re: How to dual-boot with XP after completely removing XP?

    Did you create a primary NTFS partition with the boot flag set?

    Windows either needs a blank drive or a primary partition to install into. It only sees primary as bootable and only works with those with the boot flag.

    It also installs to blank drives as it then can create its own partition.
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    Re: How to dual-boot with XP after completely removing XP?

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    Did you create a primary NTFS partition with the boot flag set?

    Windows either needs a blank drive or a primary partition to install into. It only sees primary as bootable and only works with those with the boot flag.

    It also installs to blank drives as it then can create its own partition.
    I created a new primary partition in /dev/sda3, ntfs, and set the boot flag on. Windows still doesn't recognize it. Still that same message. Do I need to do anything else?
    Last edited by keelx; June 24th, 2011 at 07:57 AM.

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    Re: How to dual-boot with XP after completely removing XP?

    try to create new partition and leave it blank (no file system) then use the fdisk on windows isntall cd to format it to ntfs. or perhaps the option will be offered automaticly.
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    Re: How to dual-boot with XP after completely removing XP?

    Why not try VM Virtualbox and install your XP in a Virtual Machine?
    http://www.virtualbox.org/
    I currently do this in order to run Line6 guitar software.

    Ensure you go to the site (not the Ubuntu repositories) and use their version which provides support for USB .Oh, and read the instructions well first...
    Last edited by Zimmer; June 24th, 2011 at 10:55 AM.

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    Re: How to dual-boot with XP after completely removing XP?

    Quote Originally Posted by mastablasta View Post
    try to create new partition and leave it blank (no file system) then use the fdisk on windows isntall cd to format it to ntfs. or perhaps the option will be offered automaticly.
    Do you mean unallocated or unformatted space? And do I still need the boot flag on?

    Edit: Tried to do it without a file system, still wouldn't recognize it.
    Tried nfts, tried fat32, tried unallocated, even tried fat16. None work.
    Setup could not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer.
    And it won't let me do any fdisk or anything, it loads up all the files, says 'setup is starting windows', then I have a choice of a recovery console or to start windows xp installation, both lead me to the error message stated above.
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    Re: How to dual-boot with XP after completely removing XP?

    Is BIOS still seeing drive when you boot? Or does Ubuntu still boot?

    You are not trying to install to a USB drive are you?
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    Re: How to dual-boot with XP after completely removing XP?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zimmer View Post
    Why not try VM Virtualbox and install your XP in a Virtual Machine?
    http://www.virtualbox.org/
    I currently do this in order to run Line6 guitar software.

    Ensure you go to the site (not the Ubuntu repositories) and use their version which provides support for USB .Oh, and read the instructions well first...
    Got me further along, but now it says it doesn't recognize the cd I've put in, saying that there is no version of windows installed previously, and to please instert one of the following, with a list of windows xp versions. I thought the cd I was using was the correct cd, should I have to change cd's to something different?

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    Re: How to dual-boot with XP after completely removing XP?

    Does it say it is an upgrade version and not a full install? Upgrades cannot be used as a full install and have to have a valid version already installed.
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