Windows XP won't boot

June 21, 2011 at 08:01:11
Specs: Windows 7, 256 Ram 2.00 GHz
How do I create partition from command prompt.. It's a small laptop, only a 20 gig HDD and it has no floppy drive, system wouldn't boot with the XP cd giving me the error message boot manager missIng, it boots with Window 7 but to small to take it. I was able to format the drive using Windows 7, I don't think there's a logical drive, not partitioned. My friends computer, don't know what he did to it.

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#1
June 27, 2011 at 02:09:27
I am pretty sure that it can`t run Win 7, and even if it can, it would be quite slow.

Does it have any OS installed currently? If you have Win XP CD, installing XP on the machine would be the best choise...

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#2
June 27, 2011 at 15:56:36
No, there's no operating system installed. and I can't window 7 cause it requires a minimun od 512 MB, I only have 256MB. and when I try the XP CD I get the error bootmgr missing, won't contiin ue for there, that's why I what to try and create the patition usiing the Windows 7 DVD.

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#3
June 28, 2011 at 00:12:25
At what point of Windows XP installation you get that error?

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#4
June 28, 2011 at 13:16:14
Right from the get go, I put the CD in it cycles thru all driives and gives be an the errorr, doesn't boot up to anything.

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#5
June 28, 2011 at 23:18:53
Err...it seems that is skips the CD and tries to boot from HD. (or the CD is bad.)

Go to BIOS and choose first boot device to CDROM and second boot device to HARD DRIVE. You can press F10 + Y to save settings.

Also try to boot up the XP CD from another computer.

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#6
June 29, 2011 at 13:28:58
I set it to boot from the CD in the bios, I'm sure the CD is good. This is a friends comput. I can't boot XP from my computers, all are running Windows 7 Ultimate.

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#7
June 29, 2011 at 23:51:23
I can't boot XP from my computers

How many computers are unable to boot from the XP CD?

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#8
June 30, 2011 at 13:19:18
When I put the XP in I do get a setup menu, with options of what I to do, but I can't fully boot it and run it and go farther then that cause it's running Windows 7, it would work if I didn't have a newer operating system.

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#9
June 30, 2011 at 13:24:39
So, do you get at this point?

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#10
June 30, 2011 at 13:28:26
Yes, and I more than one XP CD, the odds of them all being are slim.

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#11
June 30, 2011 at 13:31:25
OK, why you can`t install Win XP now? Just continue the setup as usual.

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#12
June 30, 2011 at 13:37:25
It won't run on a computer that has Windows 7, it has copatiility issues. The cd is fine, my friends computer doesn't have an active partitionn and he somehow erased or corrupted the master boot record.

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#13
June 30, 2011 at 13:54:40
When you boot from a CD, it should run fine with no matter on the OS installed.

IMPORTANT: Make sure you don`t have any data that you (your friend) might need.

1. After the Windows Setup screen appears (the image above), press ENTER.
2. Press F8 on the next screen.
3. Now the hard drive partition info screen should appear.
- Press D to delete the selected partition (then follow onscreen instructions to confirm that you really want to delete the partition)
Do this with all partitions present (I am quite sure it has only one partition though)

I guess you know how to create partitions and all, but I`ll certainly further assist you if necessary.

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#14
June 30, 2011 at 14:20:04
I knnow the CD is GOOD. I don't want to install XP on my computers that are running Windows 7, than I would have to redo them too. I just want to create a partition on that old laptop and get the master boot record back. It's not going to do me any good to install XP on this I don't want it on this computer, and then I still can't get it going on the other one I want it on the one that won't boot.

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#15
June 30, 2011 at 23:17:11
Erm, you confused me a little. Obviously at some point we started to talk about some computer other than mentioned in the first post.

Since response #1 I was assuming you are about to leave Win 7 and install XP.

it boots with Window 7 but to small to take it.

No, there's no operating system installed. and I can't window 7 cause it requires a minimun od 512 MB, I only have 256MB.

Aren't you about to install XP on this laptop?

I`d like to stick to this issue rather than discussing about two different systems simultaneously.

P.S. To repair Win 7 MBR:...

-Boot from the Win 7 DVD.
-When you get to the second screen (after you choose your language) go to "Repair your computer."
-Go to Command prompt and type this in without the quotes (") :
"bootrec /fixmbr"
-Press enter.
-Type this in without the quotes (") :
"bootrec /FixBoot"
-Press enter.
-Restart and eject the DVD.


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