I'm trying to install windows xp professsional on a computer after Fdisk.As soon as the machine starts to boot from the CD i get this error,general protection fault and i can't get it to install.What is the cause?
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boot from cdrom?
did you answer (Y)
then hit spacebar?
have the bios set to boot from cdrom/first boot device cd-rom?
If any of these settings are not applyed you will not restore xp on your computer
go into bios and conferm settings
first boot device if set as floppy or hard drive change to cdrom
on some systems you can hit the (f12) key to bring up a boot window and select the cdrom and boot from there then it will ask the normal questions
Windows XP provides partitioning functions within the administrator tools, Disk Management. Windows 98 SE provides a program called FDISK. You boot your computer with the win98 cd in the cd-rom, and select start computer with cd support. At the prompt, type in FDISK.
Otherwise you need a disk paritioning software like partition magic
The master boot record maybe be corrupted or virus infected.
To fix the MBR, boot up with your DOS disk and type fdisk /mbr
Then install XP, and delete all partitions and then create a new partition, then do a full NTFS format on the new partition.
The boot loader files are either corrupted or missing.
To repair this problem,try boot with the Windows XP CD-ROM
and choose the option to install. On the next screen, choose
repair to repair your Windows installation. When the repair
process is finished, you will be able to boot back into your
operating system without losing data or having to reinstall
try to boot your machine using window 98 startup disk or window 98 bootable CD. then type fdisk on DOS prompt. Then try to delete non dos partation and the create primary dos partation. Restart your machine, let it start window or the floppy until it return to dos prompt. Then you can type the format c: e.g a:\format c: or D:\format c:. After that try to run window xp.
*If you have access to another computer with a cd burner*
One way is to download the universal boot cd, boot a linux rescue disk image from it and use fdisk to remove all partitions. This way the disk will be seen by windows setup again.
This is a silly bug in windows setup i've discovered a long time ago. When it does not understand the partitions on a disc it just hangs during the setup screen.
Download the iso image from http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/download.html then burn the iso image to a blank cd. Put it in your dead machine's cd drive and boot from it. Then choose one of the linux boot options.
When linux is up and running type fdisk ENTER Then press p and a list of partitions comes up
Press d (delete) and then the number you see after /dev/hda etc.
Do this for every partition you see listed or just for the first if there is data on the second/third/etc..
Press w (write) q (quit) and reboot with the windows cd in place.
p.s. This does irreversably remove partitions and data on the disk!
If you need to install XP, you need to get into the cmos settings and in the standard settings enable your cd drive as the first boot device, save setings and exit.
Put the XP cd in your drive before you boot the pc, then when on the screen you are prompted to press enter to boot from cd, it will then go through the installation process and ask if you want to format in fat32 or NTFS, the later is the norm for XP.
You can delete or set up partitions and format using the cd you do not need to use fdisk as XP does not use it unless you format with a win98 cd