Partitioning error message while trying to install XP

March 14, 2012 at 01:55:41
Specs: Windows Vista, dual core / 512
Im trying to install Windows XP on a Vista machine and I get a error message which says "there is a problem with hard disk partitioning or this could be because of virus on the machine" after booting from the XP CD. Windows gives a message saying "If you are observing this message for the first time , restart your PC and try again or else try CHKDSK" but it isnt working out ... can you sugest me how to go about this?

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March 14, 2012 at 04:45:06
"Im trying to install Windows XP on a Vista machine"

Are you trying to install XP as a replacement for Vista? Did you format the disk?
Is it SATA?

Are you trying to set up XP as a dualboot option or in a Virtual Machine?

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March 15, 2012 at 00:01:45
yes im trying to install XP as replacement to vista. No i havent formatted the disk.
Ive partitioned it though( Not for installing XP). Yes it is SATA. Yes im trying to set up XP as dual boot option not in virtual machine.

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March 15, 2012 at 00:34:36
Xp will not instal as dualboot if Vista is already on the machine.
Windows prefers for the older operating system to be installed first.
I've not investigated installing XP second in a dualboot with Vista but I'm sure if you google the question there will be an answer for it. Just not from Msoft.
The other problem you will face is XP does not contain any SATA drivers so you will need to obtain the appropriate driver for your motherboard SATA controller and may need to slipstream it into an install disk for XP.

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March 15, 2012 at 06:47:48
Hi Richard59

here is a tips for your problem, you may solve your problem by follow it.
You may lose data or program settings after reinstalling, repairing, or upgrading Windows XP . Now insert the Windows CD that came with your PC, and reboot your system. If you didn't receive a Windows disc with your machine, the files you need are sitting in a hidden partition on your hard drive. To access them, press the keys indicated on your screen when you reboot, but before Windows loads. The keys differ from vendor to vendor, so contact your PC's manufacturer if you don't see the prompt.

In many instances, the only available option is 'Return the drive to its factory condition', which destroys all documents, photos, and other data files on your PC. That's why you made a copy of your data folders.

You get more options--including the ability to preserve your files and settings--when you use Microsoft's own Windows XP installation disc. Make your selection, and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the re-installation.

see if this helps

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March 15, 2012 at 12:24:29
If you want to be able to run Vista and XP......

Install a virtual machine program in Vista, such as the apparently very good Microsoft's free Virtual PC 2007. Then install XP in the virtual machine program.
(Lots of info available about Virtual PC 2007 on the Microsoft web site, and on the web).

Installing XP and SATA drive controllers, SATA drives; the SATA drive controller bios settings.
See response 2:

I DO NOT recommend that you use the Windows operating system's built in multiboot feature to dual or multiboot XP and Vista or Windows 7 !

You are supposed to install the older Windows operating system first, but you CAN get the Windows Vista or Windows 7 multiboot feature to work when it was installed first when there is a working XP installation on another partition if you follow certain procedures.

However, by default, whenever you boot XP, ALL the System Restore restore points are DELETED in Vista and/or Windows 7, every time you boot XP !

If that concerns you (you may eventually NEED to try using a previous System Restore restore point, rather than installing Vista or Windows 7 from scratch) ......

If you have one of the more expensive versions of Vista or Windows 7 - e,g. Ultimate, that has the bit locker (bitlocker ?) feature, you can use that feature to get around that problem.

If you DO NOT have a more expensive Vista or Windows 7 version that has the bit locker (bitlocker ?) feature, then you're much better off using a third party multi-boot program that is Vista and Windows 7 "aware" (compatible) to multiboot your operating systems, instead of Vista's or Windows 7's built in multiboot feature.

E,g. I use BootIt N.G. to dual boot (XP) MCE 2005 and Vista, and there is a video tutorial on the maker's web site about how you HIDE the partition Vista's or Windows 7's Windows itself was installed on while booting XP. It's not free but it's reasonably priced. .

If you DO choose to have both Vista and XP available, via dual or multibooting, you probably need to SHRINK at least one Vista partition to provide un-allocated space to install XP on

The HELP documentation about how to use the built ability of Vista to expand - EXTEND - or contract - SHRINK - an existing partition without losing the data on the partition.

The same probably applies to Windows 7.

It's NOT in Help and Support (at least it isn't in Vista) - it's in Disk Management's Help.

In Vista....
Control Panel - Classic View - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Disk Management

In Windows 7......
Control Panel - display as Large icons or Small icons - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Disk Management

RIGHT click on the drive letter of the existing partition, click on Help.


Manage Basic Volumes

Extend a Basic Volume


Shrink a Basic Volume

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