Problem installing second XP Pro

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January 6, 2010 at 02:30:18
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.009 GHz / 1983 MB
I am trying to install a new version of XP Pro + integrated SP3 onto drive E in addition to old working XP Pro on drive C and 'broken windows' on drive E.
When booting the install disk it stops with the message EMM386: Warning: Address line A20 already enabled.
Any suggestions on problem and solution please?

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#1
January 6, 2010 at 11:12:09
Is this a Pre SP1 XP Disk? If so you may need to get a SP2 Disk from a friend or bit torrent.

The EMM386 is an old Expanded Memory Manager for older OSs.

There may be an Expanded Memory manager being loaded by your BIOS. Who is the manufacture of the MoBo?


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#2
January 8, 2010 at 01:42:28
Thanks for reply. The software has SP3 integrated into it. I do not know the manufacturer of the Bios.

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#3
January 8, 2010 at 04:00:17
Try installing the second version from within the first version. You should be able to do that and will end up with a dual boot.

Simply insert the CD while running WinXP and go to setup.

Read the screens and be sure the path is correct. If you don't format that partition the old install may be saved in a folder on that partition.


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#4
January 8, 2010 at 05:40:29
Why in the world would you want to install a second XP Pro on a system that already have XP Pro?

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#5
January 8, 2010 at 06:30:41
It's simple - Windows certainly is unreliable and works the way it wants to rather than the advertised 'works the way you want to'. It offers a sense of surprise as you can never be sure that it will turn on in the same state that was turned off. - But it is possibly the most stable to date and I am trying a few variations on the old XP I started with to see if the stability can be improved.
Possibly - one day - Win 7 may be considered to be the most stable, but it needs to prove itself thoroughly first and by then it will be time to purchase a new computer that can handle its inflated needs.

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#6
January 8, 2010 at 06:38:46
A better solution would be to image the partition using one of the available programs designed for that prupose.

If you dual boot and the first OS goes South you may not be able to get to the second one without some extra work.

Also, the second version will not be current.


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#7
January 8, 2010 at 08:47:35
Kirinis wrote Windows certainly is unreliable ...

Have you heard of phrase Beauty is in the eye of the beholder?

By the same token, I will say ... Windows certainly is unreliable is only in the eye of the beholder (you),

You are kidding yourself.. If it is so unreliable, how come As of October 2009, Windows had approximately 91% of the market share of the client operating systems for usage on the Internet?

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#8
January 8, 2010 at 08:53:51
To add to the above response. No OS is infallible. Most problems are user controlled.

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#9
January 9, 2010 at 01:51:20
Reply to XpUser;
When you consider the history of Windows and the might of Microsoft - disregarding any conspiracy therories - what is astonishing is not that MS has 91% of the market but that it has not got 100%. Students at schools are effectively being trained to use MS products so are expecting to use them at all times.

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