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Not sure what you have done so far. You need to divide your hard drive into two sections. Install XP first on to one section. Then use a program to manage your computer start up, the one I use is called Easy BCD this is a free program and works great. Once you cut your hard drive and install XP make a copy of your start up partition. Install the Easy BCD program and make a back up again. Then Install Win 7. Then on the Win7 side install the Easy BDC program and set up the menu choices. I run a 3 way boot with XP and Ubuntu. Hope this helps Fix Ya up.
Normally installing the os on a different mechine, and then putting into another pc dosent work.
If the hardrive is the oringinal drive, which came with the system, and you want to install xp on, you will have to use a dos disk with fdisk on it, delete all partitions on the drive and create a new partition, then start loading windows, it will give you the option to format the drive for nt(ntfs) file system and setup windows.
If you do that and it still gives you protecting files error, you will have to take the side panel of the computer tower, unplug from the mains and take the cmos battery out for about 30 secs, put the battery back in, plug in the mains and reboot the computer, start loading windows again Hope this helps and post back if you need further assistance.
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To install Windows XP, use the following steps.
These steps are similar to other Windows OS installations (Vista,
Below is the detailed procedure of installing Microsoft Windows XP:
Before installing Windows XP
or any other operating system, you should backup all your data. Data can
be backed up on a separate partition, if the hard disk is partitioned or
you can back it up on external storage devices like CDs or on a network.
Restart the computer and go
to the Setup menu by pressing F2 and change the first boot device to CD,
press Esc and save settings.
Insert the CD labeled
Microsoft Windows XP into the computer and restart the computer.
When the pc restarts, a
message will appear telling you to press any key to boot from CD, press a
key immediately the message appears and the setup process will begin.
After the files have been
loaded, Windows will start and it will give you an option of repairing
using Recovery Console by pressing “R” or continue with setup by pressing
“ENTER”; press enter to continue with setup.
Setup will list all your disk
partitions, highlight the partition where you want to install Windows,
this is mainly partition “C”, press “D” to delete the partition, then
press “L” to confirm.
Highlight the partition you
deleted, and then press “C” to create a new partition, press “ENTER” to
create the partition.
Press “ENTER” again to
install Windows on the New (Raw) Partition you have created.
Format the partition using
NTFS file system.
After format has completed,
Windows will restart and setup will prompt you to boot from CD again.
Ignore the message and let setup continue automatically.
Follow the next steps which
will ask you to setup the system Time and Date, Network and enter a serial
key, until setup finishes.
After setup has finished,
Windows will restart and will welcome you for the first time; Microsoft
Windows XP will have successfully been installed on your computer.
Windows 7 is a slightly heavy (lighter than vista though) operating system (OS), so it tends to freeze on computers with low specifications. You can free up some disk space by deleting the old windows files, thats if you had an OS before Windows 7 previously installed, you can also delete unnecessary files that you dont need.
If your pc has low specs, and you were originally using Windows XP, the best solution would be to go back to Windows XP
you can hold down the option key while you start up the computer. It will give you a grey screen and give you choices of startup systems... Choose the Mac OS and see if the start up is quicker. Sounds like the windows xp setup isn't working properly. I'd think elimination of the existing pc partition on the hard drive while running in mac mode and then running Boot Camp according to apple's instructions. Boot camp is on the Leopard OS disc and will get your computer ready to instal windows xp with an authorized xp disc. After it's up and running in windows xp, you can reinsert the mac os disc while running windows and the drivers will be installed for you...it works great... Plus you can download a copy of apple's bonjuer software and it will help you set up your printers to work on your mac as well.... Good luck and let me know if you need more help... KEN
From my point of view I think the Operating system needs to be Repaired and below is a guide on how to repair
Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.
When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see the options below This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:
To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.
To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.
To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
Press ENTER to start the Windows Setup. DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, pressR", (you DO NOT want to load Recovery Console). I repeat, DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R".
Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.
Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair. If Repair is not one of the options, END setup. After the reboot read WARNINNG #2
Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot. Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears. Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact. After the installation is over the system will reboot.
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