Dual boot installation problem

Asus P4ge-mx desktop board
January 23, 2011 at 21:12:29
Specs: Windows Me/XP, P4/1GB(DDR1)
I have P4-Desktop with 1GB RAM(DDR1) and 160GB IDE-HardDisk having multiple partition (all FAT32). WinMe is installed in C-drive. Now, I am trying to install WinXp in E-drive using original CD.
Problem:-- First stage of copying “Installation files” from “I386 folder” of the CD to C-drive completes smoothly. Second stage of copying “Installation files” from C-drive to folder “Windows” in E-drive always halts at 50% (some files or the other reported corrupt). Dual boot using same WinXp-CD completes smoothly on other P4-Desktop. WHAT IS THE PROBLEM, CAN ANYBODY HELP ME PLEASE?

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January 24, 2011 at 08:22:47
To create a dual boot WinME/XP system, you need to 1st prepare the HDD with 2 or more partitions. The partition for XP can be either FAT32 or NTFS, however, if you want to be able to access the XP partition from WinME, the XP partition MUST be FAT32.

Once WinME is fully installed, just insert the XP disk & wait for it to spin up. Just to be clear, do NOT boot off the XP disk, simply boot into WinME, THEN insert the XP disk. A window will pop up asking you if you want to "Upgrade (recommended)" - do NOT do it. Change the choice to "Advanced", then direct XP to install to the 2nd partition. From there, the installation will proceed as any other XP install. The dual boot menu will be created automatically.

If that's not the way you're doing it, try it.

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January 24, 2011 at 14:48:53
Your problem is almost certainly hardware. Either the machine has issues with XP, or it has hardware errors that ME tolerates, but XP does not or the optical drive isn't functioning properly/there's a compatibility issue with that particular install disc. Might be worth trying to burn a copy to see if any better.

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January 24, 2011 at 15:10:58
"First stage of copying “Installation files” from “I386 folder” of the CD to C-drive completes smoothly."

That would not be correct.

If booting the xp cd via the bios during install you are asked to which partition you wish to install xp. If you choose the E: partition all temp files are stored there not on c:

Files being reported as corrupt can be a memory issue [test your ram], overheating cpu [check fans/blow out dust bunnies] or the cdrom which is reading the cd is having issues. Make sure the cdrom cables are firmly seated at both ends.

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January 24, 2011 at 20:21:25
I had been doing exactly the same way.....
Booting WinXp to E: via WinMe operating in C:

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January 24, 2011 at 20:26:22
The same install disk(CD) or CD copied to HD works well with other system. I had similar dual OS earlier on the same machine.

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January 24, 2011 at 20:31:37
I am not booting via BIOS. I am booting Xp via Me. RAM beep for POST as well as its capacity is shown correctly in "Properties" of "My Computer"(WinMe).

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January 24, 2011 at 20:41:50
"I am not booting via BIOS. I am booting Xp via Me."

You can run XP's Setup from ME to install XP, or you can boot the computer from the XP CD to install XP, but you cannot boot XP from ME.

Steve Dunn said:
"Your problem is almost certainly hardware."

He's probably right !

If the second stage of XP's Setup does NOT complete - typically you see it gets stuck at the same value of 3x minutes remaining for a lot longer than a minute, then the computer black screens and restarts and starts the second stage of Setup all over again, in an endless loop, that IS your problem.
Usually if you remove all cards that are installed in mboard slots, unplug all devices from the external ports, that are not not essential for running Setup , and start Setup all over again you can complete Setup successfully. Then you install the cards one by one if that applies, and plug in external devices you unplugged if that applies one by one, they will all install or be recognized fine.

E.g. I had that problem when I tried to install XP on a friend's desktop system. It turned out it was a Sound Blaster Audigy sound card that was causing the problem. The card installed fine after Setup was finished.

If that doesn't cure your problem, then test the hard drive. There may be one or more bad sectors on the partition you're trying to install XP on.

Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:

If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibility, on another computer if you need to.


Seagate's Seatools will test any brand of hard drive.
Do the long test.

If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.

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January 24, 2011 at 21:11:52
First, I had been trying to install Xp in C-drive w/o success. Having failed, I tried Me in C-drive with success. During Xp installation in E-drive (through Me), I have also tried by removing all removable disk/floppy from the system (before PC restarts) once first stage of copying “Installation files” from “I386 folder” of the CD to C-drive completes smoothly. Problem occures only at second stage of copying “Installation files”(temporary) from C-drive to folder “Windows” in E-drive, which halts at 50%(near about).

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January 24, 2011 at 21:19:35
The second stage of XP's Setup is when it detects hardware !!

XP is much more sensitive to hardware problems than ME is !

If you have unplugged everything that is not essential to running Setup and it still does not get all the way through Setup's second stage, then you have some other hardware problem !

See Response 7 in in this,
starting at


"Errors reading from the CD can be caused by....."

You may not be experiencing errors reading from the CD, but the other same causes can cause your problem.
E.g. in that, see - wipe off the ram module contacts, make sure the ram is seated properly, test the ram, check the data cables (the same applies to floppy drive data cables),

then test the hard drive !

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January 24, 2011 at 22:30:01
Downloaded the HardDisk testing tool from Seagate (incidently, my HardDisk is Seagate make & I have a floppy drive). Surface Scan by DOS as well as by WinMe did not find any bad sector/error when checked twice.

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January 25, 2011 at 08:02:23
Try doing the other things mentioned in response 9.

Did you do everything in response 7 in the paragraph starting with
"Usually if you remove all......" ?

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