Solved i screwed my hard drive up

August 5, 2012 at 16:04:12
Specs: windows xp, 2gb
so i located the reinstallation program on my hard drive and ran it with the intention of reinstalling windows xp and removing the old xp because of some issues it had but something went wrong and now i have two copys of windows xp on my had drive one barley works and the other dosent boot i dont have the install disk. any help i just want windows xp installed on my hard drive once.

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August 5, 2012 at 19:38:51
"is it better than ubuntu?"

It's based on Ubuntu but IMO, it's MUCH better.



#1
August 5, 2012 at 16:23:09
Are you willing to lose everything & start fron scratch? Do you have all the latest device drivers ready to install? Do you have anti-virus & all your other programs ready to reinstall?

Assuming you answered yes to all questions, all you need to do is boot off the Windows disc & follow the instructions. Delete ALL partitions, then create at least 2 new ones - one for Windows, one for Storage. You didn't post the size of your HDD so I can't make any recommendations about the partition sizes. Format the partitions using NTFS. After that, simply proceed with the installation. If you are unable to format the 2nd partition, it can be done from Disc Management after Windows is installed.

Partitioning Strategies


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#2
August 5, 2012 at 16:24:23
i dont have the disk for windows xp

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#3
August 5, 2012 at 17:05:14
Then, as you say "you are screwed"!

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#4
August 5, 2012 at 17:19:02
"i dont have the disk for windows xp"

Can you borrow one from a friend or relative? There's nothing wrong with doing that as long as you use your own product key for the installation.

Or how about trying Linux?


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#5
August 5, 2012 at 17:20:46
ya i think i am screwed but i think i can get a copy of windows 7 do you think it will run decently on 2 gigs of ram?

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#6
August 5, 2012 at 17:25:26
Win7 will run OK with 2GB RAM as long as you get the 32-bit version. 2GB is the minimum recommended for the 64-bit version & won't perform as well.

Try Linux Mint Maya Cinnamon Edition 32-bit. Download the ISO then burn it to a DVD using Imgburn or a similar program. Run it directly from the DVD without installing it. If you don't like, don't install it.

http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2031


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#7
August 5, 2012 at 17:37:15
thanks for the tip i think ill give it a try is it better than ubuntu?

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#8
August 5, 2012 at 19:38:51
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"is it better than ubuntu?"

It's based on Ubuntu but IMO, it's MUCH better.


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#9
August 17, 2012 at 03:15:04
Did you create back up of your system?

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