Cannot install Windows XP anymore...

September 24, 2010 at 09:50:59
Specs: Linux i686, 2GHz
Hi I'm new here, I know my way around one or two things concerning computers but this one's got me...I had Windows Vista installed a short while ago. As There was only one partition I tried to re seize it and create another one with partition magic in case my computer stopped working and so that i wouldn't loose all my files. After reboot I was prompted to boot from hard drive or repair windows vista.I couldn't boot from hard drive as nothing happened when I did.Neither could I repair as I didn't have any backups.
Since nothing worked I got one of those repair cds off ebay. This cd had a mini windows xp on it with all sorts of system tools. At least now I could save all my data to an external media. I was advised to format my hard drive and reinstall windows. I do not have a windows vista cd as vista came pre installed with my computer when i bought it. I started Installation from a Windows xp cd I borrowed off my neighbour. Windows xp would load all the files and copy them to my hard drive and at 51 minutes remaining just restart and show me the NTLDR is missing message. If I started the setup from the mini windows xp version it would copy all the files for setup and then terminate.because nothing worked I installed linux mint a couple of days ago but when i attempt setup from there it gives me the error message : NO VALID SYSTEM PARTITIONS FOUND.SETUP IS UNABLE TO CONTINUE.
Linux is great but I can't get any of my games or programs to work even though I have wine and play on Linux installed.
please help someone I'm going crazy

thanks for reading and answering...

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September 24, 2010 at 10:55:16
when you resized and created a new patition you probably didn't set a partition as active. use FDISK and set your windows install partition to active.
another tip--don't by those CDs from Ebay. there are so many already made that are free--hiren's and Ultimate Boot CD to name a couple. you are wasting your money. My opinion is that Hiren's is the best out there (10.6 before the really good stuff was remove in 11.0)

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September 24, 2010 at 11:33:59
thanks for your fast reply.but how do i set a partition as active using fdisk?and will i be able to install it from my linux desktop?I didn't know you can get those cds for free I just wanted to buy a windows xp cd on ebay and it popped up with the recovery toolkit cd...well thank you for your help

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September 24, 2010 at 13:37:39
what brand/model of PC do you have?
you can use most of the linux partition management tools or the FDISK that is on the hiren's cd to set the partition as active.
you can try to find your xp cd on a torrent site to download and use your xp key to activiate it.

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September 24, 2010 at 13:40:33
So many mistakes.

The Vista installation files were most likely on your HDD. Many OEM builders don't supply the install disks but they do place the files on the HDD along with instructions on how to create your own disk. That should have been done a long time ago when you 1st bought the PC.

Backing up files is a good thing but putting them on a 2nd partition on the same HDD won't do you much good if the drive fails.

When you took the plunge to install XP, did you wipe out all exisitng Vista partitions, then recreate one or more new ones, then format as NTFS (full)?

"I installed linux mint a couple of days ago but when i attempt setup from there...."

What setup were you trying to run from Linux? XP? You can't install XP on a drive that's been formated for Linux. You would have to create a separate partition & format as NTFS.

Take a deep breath & explain exactly where you're currently at & where you want to go with it.

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September 25, 2010 at 02:52:22
Ok guys thanks for the answers. I've got a dell inspiron if i still have my windows wista serial i can download that too? and it won't be illegal or is that a grey zone?
That's what I've done...I made a new partition formatted with NTFS and still the error came (and yes I did try to install xp) I also formatted That particular partition with FAT32.The error I found out means that there is a certain signature missing on the partition...I just want to install any windows again XP onwards so I can solve the compatibility issue that linux has with windows files.If linux didn't have this issue I'd stick with it...

thanks val

ps yes i did wipe out everything on the hard drive which also includes anything to do with vista- sorry didn't see any other way

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