Solved Laptop runs linux but NOT Windows?

Toshiba / Satellite a200
April 1, 2012 at 09:51:12
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium, 1.66 ghz /2045 MB
Hello everyone!

I have a rather strange problem..
My Toshiba Sattelite A-200 used to run Windows vista. But then after a year or two of using vista it got slow. So i tried reinstalling. After I formatted the main drive using the vista installation program it got to installing but then it said it was missing the (hidden) partition X. I have reinstalled before without any problem. SO from the toshiba site i bought a install dvd that should not need this X partition (i asked customer service). At first it seemed to install just fine. But after rebooting it just hangs foreever. i tried reinstalling multiple times, same thing.

We bought another harddrive (500gb, same interface as stock HDD).
Same problem.

We tried installing Linux. Worked.
It seems to be able to install linux but not windows.

Since our other desktop is about to fail (High-end computer 3.0gHz but over 10 years old). we would very much like to have this laptop running windows again.

Thanks in forward!

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April 1, 2012 at 09:59:03
this could be a problem with the windows cd itself, can u try the installation disk on another computer if the same problem happens then its the windows cd itself thats either faulty or busted.
I just want to ask why would u format the main drive with the vista installation cd ? and how did u do it?
if u had a problem u could have done a repair installation of windows

computers are a second home

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April 1, 2012 at 10:07:55
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Before attempting to install Vista or WIn7, you should have prepared the new HDD. By that I mean creating 2 or more partitions & formatting them using NTFS. This can be done using the Windows disk, but then you'll get stuck with the hidden boot partition, so it's best to do it with a 3rd party bootable disk such as UBCD. Preparing the drive in advance prevents the hidden partition from being created. Other than that, there's no trick to the installation. Linux uses a completely different file system so it's very important that all Linux partitions are deleted & new partitions created.

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