Windows XP CD won't boot after installing Ubuntu

Acer Aspire one aoa150-1029 netbook
March 24, 2012 at 20:46:12
Specs: Ubuntu, Intel Atom/2GB RAM
I can't boot from a Windows CD after installing Ubuntu. No Matter What! I have tried booting from a CD-ROM drive, that failed many times. When I try to boot from a Ubuntu CD it works just fine, though. Computer is a Acer Aspire One AOA-150. I am using a USB DVD-ROM drive.

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#1
March 24, 2012 at 23:14:12
Were you able to boot from the CD before Ubuntu was installed?

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#2
March 25, 2012 at 05:01:10
When you installed Ubuntu did you install GRUB as your boot loader and include XP in the boot choices?
For better information on dual booting with Linux and XP, you should post this question in the Linux forum or ask the moderator to move it for you.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#3
March 25, 2012 at 05:46:44
Yes, I was able to boot from the CD before.

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#4
March 25, 2012 at 05:50:14
Yes I did install the grub bootloader, but I did'nt put XP in boot choices. I am not dual booting

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#5
March 25, 2012 at 06:32:44
I don't think you can boot xp from a usb dvd rom.

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#6
March 25, 2012 at 08:37:33
It is a Window XP Install CD-ROM

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#7
March 25, 2012 at 09:24:06
I meant, you cannot install xp via an external usb drive

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#8
March 25, 2012 at 10:13:14
I have before, actually. I do not want to start an arguement or anything.

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#9
March 25, 2012 at 11:02:45
Ok, not trying to start an argument. I just didn't think it was possible.

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#10
March 25, 2012 at 11:18:18
That's Okay, but I want to get it working again and I can not figure out how to fix it.

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#11
March 25, 2012 at 11:35:18
Sorry I can't help. Have you heard of wubi?

Basically, you install windows, then with wubi, it downloads & install Ubuntu, the good thing is, you can uninstall Ubuntu through add/remove programs in Windows

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WubiGuide

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#12
March 25, 2012 at 18:14:54
I haven't heard of Wubi. And like I said before I can not install Windows because my Pc won't boot from CDs and I do not already have Windows XP installed.

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#13
March 26, 2012 at 05:54:40
In order to get the dual boot you would have had to have XP already installed on one drive or partition and then install the Linux OS, then it would have set up the dual boot. The Linux OS cannot stop the XP CD from booting on the CD drive, but you may need to set the CD drive to first in the boot order in your BIOS (see your manual for the key to tap during boot up to access the BIOS set up). Also the XP install disk will not be able to install on a SATA drive unless the BIOS is set to make it appear to be an IDE drive to the OS so if you are not using an IDE drive then you need to set this also. Then also note that XP will overwrite your boot loader so you will not be able to boot to your Linux installation so you will then need to reinstall GRUB in order to have a dual boot.
As I said before, I have limited experience installing and using Linux and many here may have less. If you need much more help on setting up the dual boot or reinstalling GRUB then you would be better off switching to the Linux forum here for additional advice.

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#14
March 26, 2012 at 07:23:18
Read this
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/W...

It basically says install windows first,

I know you haven't, but it might be an answer, format the drive & start over. You will also need to remove grub, which is at the begining of the drive, so you might need to completely wipe the hard disk.

On reading more of the article, it does tell you how to install windows after ubuntu.

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#15
March 26, 2012 at 09:37:10
I AM NOT DUAL BOOTING!!!!

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#16
March 26, 2012 at 09:38:19
Whenever I try to reformat it still doesn't read Windows CDs, Just Ubuntu.

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#17
March 26, 2012 at 12:23:57
Make sure your BIOS is set to boot from your CD/DVD drive first, before your hard drive.
Make sure the XP CD is in good shape by trying to boot another machine to it (back out before you make any changes though).
Make sure hard drive is IDE or set to emulate an IDE drive during install and until you install SATA drivers (if SATA drive).
ASSUMING of course that there are XP drivers available for that particular machine.

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#18
March 26, 2012 at 23:07:23
Having Linux installed on your hard drive has absolutly noting to do with your windows CD not booting. I have installed with a USB drive many times on those Acer Ones so you need to check to see if the disc is clean, and you can boot that external optical drive with your windows disc on another computer.

Also in you BIOS you will want to turn off anything that says like quick boot or turbo mode. Also there may be a setting that says OS install mode, that needs to be checked to install XP. When the install is done go back and set up your BIOS normally.


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#19
February 27, 2013 at 05:38:27
It does have something to do with Ubuntu. After installing ubuntu 12.04 my pc no longer boots from any windows cd/dvd's! My windows recently stopped booting and boot repair isnt fixing it and cant boot from windows disks...im screwed!

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#20
February 27, 2013 at 05:41:13
It does have to do with ubuntu because since installing ubuntu my pc no longer boots windows cd/dvd's. It is an extremely high end pc, all store bought windows disks, have tried xp, vista, 7 and my new windows 8 disks none boot now.

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#21
February 27, 2013 at 10:53:40
It has nothing to do with Ubuntu. Booting form CD is under control of the BIOS. The hard disk is not accessed until after the CD is booted. No operating system alters the function of the BIOS.

When booting from the Windows CD you should get a message "Press any key to boot from CD" If you don't get that then there is something wrong with your CD. if you ignore it, the system will attempt to boot fro the hard disk.


I AM NOT DUAL BOOTING!!!!

Then how do you expect to boot both operations system If you do not set up a dual boot system using grub the only way you can install both OS and have them bootable is to install them each on different physical drives and use the BIOS to determine which one is booted,

The reason for this is that both operating system insert code into the MBR Each is different. The Grub loader for Linux can accommodate Windows but the Windows boot loader cannot accommodate Ununtu,. That is why Windows should be installed first.

If you do manage to fix Windows to boot on the same disk as Ubuntu, you willl lose the ability to boot Ubuntu,

Stuart


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