Installing Windows

Owen Townend owen.townend at
Thu Feb 28 22:08:42 UTC 2008

On 2/29/08, Rajat <a.rajat at> wrote:
> Hi All,
> I have been using Ubuntu 7.10 for quite some time now and am extremely
> happy with the performance. However working random things on Windows seems
> inevitable.
> There are some problems with my XP and I am trying to reinstall it.
> However the system does not want to boot from the cd (original). It is
> promprting for using keystroke and then stays idle for ages. Is there
> anything that I need to change at the Ubuntu setup before installing
> Windows?
> Please do let me know as its kinda urgent and I need to get stuffs ready
> in half a day's time.
> Thanks a lot
> Rajat
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  If you're repartitioning the disk and going to be dual booting Ubuntu/XP
then do your repartitioning from the Ubuntu desktop live cd first. Windows
doesn't natively know about and so can't work with linux partitions during
the installer so the only option it will give you will wipe Ubuntu.
  Another important point is that the earlier windows install disks can't
recognise SATA disks, so if you've upgraded since your last attempt at a
fresh windows install you may need to add drivers using something like nlite
or bartpe. Despite this, you should at least see the windows disk booting
and get to the point where it complains there's nowhere to install to. For
it to not even start there's probably something else at fault here and the
chain only includes a few links - disk, cdrom, cable, (rest-of-system). With
the assumption that everything works fine inside Ubuntu that points to
a faulty disk. Trying to boot from the Ubuntu desktop install/livecd should
confirm that.

  Once you actually get the install disk booting there are several steps to
getting it all set up and there are several decent guides
around for exactly what you're doing (from the
googling I did getting triple xp/ubuntu/vista set up) and plenty of us
that have done it before, just ask.

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