OEM XP Installation on Boot Camp -- non system disc error???

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by dtrimble, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2008
    San Francisco, CA, USA
    I'm having problems with a Boot Camp partition and XP Professional SP2.

    I setup a 20GB partition on my drive (I'm using a MacBook Pro, 3GB, 120GB hard drive). It's the only partition other than the one I use for OS X.

    I didn't have full-install SP2 discs, only an upgrade. So I went to Fry's and bought a legal, new OEM disc and license for XP Professional SP2, full-install. I ran the installer and all went well...until I rebooted. At that point, Windows wouldn't load giving me a non-system disc error.

    Any thoughts? This one is very perplexing...

  2. Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    Try reinstalling, maybe something got corrupted.
  3. macrumors demi-god


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    You need to (quick) format the partition you wish to install Windows into from the Windows installer. The FAT32 partition Apple's Boot Camp creates evidently doesn't conform to what Windows expects so while it will install into it, it won't boot from it after the initial install.

    It caught me out until I read the Boot Camp Installation guide which notes to do this. Once I formatted it as FAT32 from within Windows setup, it worked like a champ.
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2008
    San Francisco, CA, USA
    That's awesome...thank you. I had reinstalled twice already hoping it was just a corrupted install. Reformatting did the trick and it's now working flawlessly.

    Windows. Working flawlessly on my Mac. This is just beautiful! (Vista never ran very well on it. But this is XP and doing so much better.)

    Thanks for the help; I very much appreciate it.

  5. macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2008
    OEM license no good

    Too bad that also violates Microsofts License Agreement.

    Retrieved in May, 2008, found on the OEM Partner Center website (requires a free account to view):

    "Microsoft retail software licenses are the appropriate licenses for the do-it-yourself market. OEM System Builder software is not intended for this use, unless the PC that is assembled is being resold to another party."

    "Use of OEM System Builder software is subject to the terms of the Microsoft OEM System Builder License. The software is intended for preinstallation on a new personal computer for resale."

    Also, "OEM System Builder Software
    Must be preinstalled on a PC and sold to another unrelated party ...
    Cannot be transferred from the PC on which it is preinstalled ...
    Must be preinstalled onto a new PC using the OPK."

    "If you are distributing the PCs within your organization, you can't grant the end user license terms to yourself."

    Emphasis is mine.
  6. macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2010
    Problem with Windows and BootCamp

    I've downloaded 3 different versions of windows 7, i've followed million different tutorials, and it never works!! once it appears that black screen, ok, the second time it was the "non-disk system, press any key to reboot" ("any key" doesn't work, i have to force reboot), or it simply don't recognize the windows disk. I've burned my windows 7 copy it into a DVD, i don't know why the hell it does't work!!! It's frustrating, i need some help... :confused: Why it doesn't start the installation like everyone, every youtube tutorials??
    I saw that you had the same problem when rebooting, the "non-disk system" message. Maybe you could help me. I'm almost giving up of this :(
  7. macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2010
    new soluation

    try to red this article ...........http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Solve-the-Boot-Camp-Disk-Error

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