Unable To Install Windows XP

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by dreamchrisdream, May 11, 2008.

  1. dreamchrisdream macrumors newbie

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    Okay so I'm trying to install windows xp back on my mac using boot camp. I start the installation, pick the correct partition and let it start to install. Well after the first menu is done, it says it needs to restart. Well it does, then it comes up and says something about booting from a cd. So pretty much, it starts the installation completely over. Why is it doing this and what can I do to fix it? I've had windows xp installed on my mac before using bootcamp..
     
  2. chscag macrumors 68000

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    When it said booting from CD, what did you do? Did you press enter?

    I had the same thing happen when I ran the installation but I just ignored the message about booting from CD and the installation of XP picked up where it left off.

    Regards.
     
  3. dreamchrisdream thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well if I just let it go then it says something about a disc error and then just stops. It's really strange, it's the same disc I used when I installed Windows XP on my mac the first time. I don't get what is wrong.
     
  4. vistafanboi macrumors member

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    Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

    "What's changed about your Mac since the LAST time you used this disk?"
    "Was this disk an authentic XP installation disk?"

    You have to be very honest in your answer: if not with us, then with yourself.
    If your answer to the second question boils down to "no", you already have the answer to your question, "I don't get what is wrong". If not, then look elsewhere.

    It does seem like you are reporting a common error for those who have drives which become inaccessible during the installation of XP, especially if the error you are encountering is a WRITE error.

    If it's a read error, either the drive itself has faults, or the CD/DVD drive is being "lost" during installation, or (more probable), the installation media itself has developed faults, such as scratches which are too deep or extensive, or the disk has finger-print smudges, or is dirty or cloudy.

    Many times, starting over AFTER cleaning the installation disk carefully, and polishing it with a clean and dry, soft lint-free cloth, will work wonders. Even a very faint finger-print smudge can cause Read errors. Using a spritz or two of a non-static cleaner, such as used for LCD displays, on the recording surface before-hand will not harm the disk or its data, and will pay dividends in the long run.

    Donald L McDaniel:)
     
  5. ttriff macrumors newbie

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    In OSX using the Disc Utility format the XP partition with FAT32, then start boot camp and the XP install

    Then when the XP installer asks if you want to format the disc say yes and do a quick format

    FAT 32 means the system will be a little slower, but doing this works for those having problems installing XP
     
  6. dreamchrisdream thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay, well nothing has changed with my mac since I last had windows on my mac. I did install vista but hated it so I got rid of the windows partition altogether and repartitioned it. It's also a authentic version of windows, I did in fact pay for it. haha The cd doesn't have a scratch on it, and I always clean my discs before I use them.

    I actually need 40 gigs of space, but I could probably handle 32 gigs I guess. I'll have to try that and see what happens.
     
  7. ttriff macrumors newbie

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    Hello?

    No one's talking about 32 gigs of disc space, FAT32 is a file system...

    Using the Mac Disc Utility create a partition for the XP installation. Then using the Disc Utility format that partition using the FAT 32 option in the drop down box.

    Next run Bootcamp and install XP in the partition that has the FAT32 file format...
     
  8. dreamchrisdream thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well I know that. But FAT32 can't handle anything over 32 gigs. That's why I said I'd like to have 40 gigs, cause I'm going to be playing large games. I may try that.
     

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