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Windows Boot CD freezing

By ultima424 ·
I have a computer that I built that was working fine and I put a hard drive that has an old Linux OS on it in and put in my Windows XP Pro cd and when I boot to it it says "Setup is searching for hardware configuration...", and then the screen goes blank and nothing happens. Please let me know what is going on and how to fix it.

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by 3xp3rt In reply to Windows Boot CD freezing

First you must delete the Linux partitions.
For thisw boot with Linux install CD and delete all the partitions. After you can boot from Windows CD and you can install it.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Windows Boot CD freezing

Or if you have a Floppy you can boot from a Win 95 - 98 Floppy and delete the Non DOS partitions in FDISK .

What is happening here is that the Installer is looking for a blank HDD to install Windows to and because it has a unrecognized partition or in this case several partitions in the NFS format Windows is unable to read or erase this type of partition.


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