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Cannot reinstall Windows XP pro to my hard drive which had it alr

A year or two ago I had invested alot of time and money upgrading the hardware on my computer that I had put togeather myself from scratch. The motherboard came with an AMD Athalon XP processer, I put two sticks DDR 512 memory, an N Videa GeForce6200LE AGP graphics video card, 160G segate barricuda hard drive, DVD-RW double layer dual format DVD drive with a CD-RW 52xread and write drive, A sound Blaster PCI 512 sound card ect. Any way it was working **** but the Chassis I was using was huge and top heavy. My kids bumped it and blew out the motherboard somehow. I could see where a small chip was melted just below the memory. I guess a piece of fan wire had melted off alittle from the heat sink touching it and it bumped into the chip frying the board. So a friend gave me a Dell with a Pentium 4 Dimm style 256 memory. this Dell is a horizontal sitting style and all of the new things were not designed for this style of chassis so I could only use my hard drive inthis Dell which had a ATI Radeon 7000 AGP that fitted in vertically and it is only 32 bit not 64 bit like my N Videa. I nnstalled an additional ATI Radeon 7200 which also was 32 bit but I could run a cord to give me display on my TV for movies ect, but I could not play any newer games because of not enough memory and no 64 bit graphics.(By the way I installed Windows XP pro upgradeon a new hard drive before blowing the old motherboard,I activated,Registered,and updated it with service pack 3 from windows update online and it worked perfectly.)When I took the hard drive from the blown computer and put into the Dell I didnt even have to reinstall Windows It automatically configured itself to the new hard ware. some of the programs that were installed prior would not work because I did not have the 64 bit graphics to run them. Now I have Aquired another computer(no hard drive)that has almost the exact same set up as the old blown one and I can put the DDR memory(1G) my 64 bit AGP N Videa graphics card ect in it but when I put the Hard drive in it it didnt recognize anything because everything is upgraded from the Dell so I figured I would Reinstall Windows so It would wipe out the old settings and configure itself to the hardware on this new one. When I get to where whe screen displays the installation process a window pops up after I put in the key code in and it says Installing Windows saying "The file named (I dont renember the exactname)is not a vallid Windows immage press enter to try again or escape to skip this file.If you skip this file Windows may not work properly. I tried enter and get nothing,and when I tried escape it would continue installation alittle until the same message pops up again and again and Windows will not boot at all. I have 3 coppies of Windows XP Pro which I bought new from Fry's so no one else has used them and the original installation on this hard drive was XP pro Upgrade so during installation it asks for a previous vesaion of Windows So I put in my Windows 2000 pro disk to verify and it works until those messages come up over and over again. How can I "FDISK" the hard drive and repartition it splitting a 160gig into like two seperate 80gig drives using one to hold the opperating system and the other for storage so I wont have to loose things again if I have to reinstall Windows again.

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    Tim Babcock May 11, 2010

    Can you explain briefly what you are trying to do and what the computer is doing now?

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I have found 2 websites taht can help you somewhat:
1) this is the one with the steps that can help you, http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?locale=en-US&name=How_To_Install_and_Troubleshoot_ATA_Hard_Drives&vgnextoid=559e5b1142aec010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD

2) This site you may download the Win98 bootup disk to Fdisk you HDD and format to Fat32 or you may download the Win XP startup disks to format the HDD and create NTFS partitions:
http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm

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With Windows XP running, put the Windows Vista Business disk in and start the upgrade process. When prompted, choose UPGRADE. (This process can take some time so be patient.) Let this finish and the system will reboot. Verify Windows Vista is properly installed by logging in using the local Administrator account.

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