unable to boot from winxp bootable disc

March 25, 2011 at 04:02:19
Specs: Windows XP, 256 MB
Ok... recently i got sick and tired of windiows vista.. so i thought it was about time for a change. I went to my friends house and his dad taught me quite a bit of stuff about partioning, because what i want to do, is partion windows XP SP3 with Linux Mint 4.0 (main version)

So i downloaded both OS's and extracted the iso files and burnt them as bootable discs.

Now.. my friends dad had no trouble atall with making HIS linux boot (he just wanted to show me what it would be like on my laptop) and then i was able to use it and so on and so forth blah blah blah. SO, now im trying to boot the XP SP3 disc so i can install it (and also take off the linux my friends dad installed) but when i put the cd in, and it tries to boot, it says at the bottom of alot of writing:

[DR-DOS] A:\>

So yeah, its telling me to write some commands but i cant do this attal because im crap with computers (as you can probably see)

So please could anyone tell me what command or file name i could write beside this "[DR-DOS] A:\>" please?

Heres a list of the files that are on the bootable disc:

CMPNENTS (folder)
SUPPORT (folder)
DOCS (folder)
I386 (folder)
VALUEADD (folder)
README (IE file)
setupxp (IE file)
VLK-SerialNumber (txt file)

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March 25, 2011 at 04:43:45

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March 25, 2011 at 05:25:13
{So i downloaded both OS's and extracted the iso files and burnt them as bootable
discs.} You did not burn the CD correctly. You need to select in your copy program 'Burn Image to Disc' , that is the ISO file. Not the extracted files and make a bootable cd option. Read:

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March 25, 2011 at 09:37:44
If your system came with Vista pre-installed, you most likely have a SATA HDD. If that's the case, installing XP will take some major prep work on your part. Did you check to make sure you can get XP compatible drivers for all your hardware devices? Make sure you download them in advance because it's unlikely the drivers you need will be on the XP disc (it appears you may have a pirated copy too). Anyhow, you will need to install the RAID/SATA drivers to get XP to install.

If you're a newb to Linux, I recommend against installing it on it's on partition. Simply use the built-in WUBI installer to install Mint as a program within XP.

BTW, Mint Linux is up to version 10, why are you using version 4?

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