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Windows XP instalation

By ebentatab ·
I have a PC Pentium IV 1.8 GHZ, HD 60 GB...
Until now, my OS was W98 SE.
I tried to install Windows XP. I started the installation, I formatted the disk NTFS. When the format step finished, I get an error about the HD that said the boot sector of the disk was damaged.
I tried many times the installation process with different new HD. I also tried to format the disk with FAT format. The results were the same.
I want to migrate to XP. What can I do?

Thanks.

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by AnswerMan In reply to Windows XP instalation

First..... putting XP on top of a 98se install is not a good idea. Registry entries are migrated as well, and that is only the beginning of the issues. I have found through experience the only way to do that is to completely wipe the HD, reformat it, and do a fresh clean install with the full version of XP.

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by ebentatab In reply to Windows XP instalation

This is what I have done. I formatted the HD and I tried with many new HD with the same results.

Thanks.

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by w2ktechman In reply to Windows XP instalation

check that the bios is ACPI, win 98 doesnt need it but XP does, if not then flash it.
Also, try a 98 boot disk, after booting type FDISK /MBR.
Those might help.

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by cs In reply to Windows XP instalation

check your bios settings if the boot sector is virus protected. if 'yes' disable 'boot sector virus protection'.

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by ebentatab In reply to Windows XP instalation

I tried all these recommendations without success. I tried again and I followed the next steps:
- I install a new hard disk
- I insert the Windows XP installation CD
- I reboot the PC from the CD, the installation process starts
- I choose the Repair option and then I enter the Recovery Console
- I execute the command FORMAT C: /FS:FAT32
- Then FIXBOOT C:, I get the message The boot sector cannot be fixed.
- After that, I check the disk with the command CHKDSK /R and the result:
CHKDSK is performing additional checking or recovery
The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems
- I exit the Recovery Console and start the Windows XP installation
- All the files required for installation are copied
- The system automatically reboots
- Windows XP logo appears
- After 1 minute, I get the error
A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage.
UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME
- I tried many times, but unsuccessfully

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by ebentatab In reply to Windows XP instalation

I tried many recommendations without success:
1- set the bios with ACPI option
2- try command FDISK /MBR
3- disable 'boot sector virus protection'

I tried again and I followed the next steps:
- I install a new hard disk
- I insert the Windows XP installation CD
- I reboot the PC from the CD, the installation process starts
- I choose the Repair option and then I enter the Recovery Console
- I execute the command FORMAT C: /FS:FAT32
- Then FIXBOOT C:, I get the message The boot sector cannot be fixed.
- After that, I check the disk with the command CHKDSK /R and the result:
CHKDSK is performing additional checking or recovery
The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems
- I exit the Recovery Console and start the Windows XP installation
- All the files required for installation are copied
- The system automatically reboots
- Windows XP logo appears
- After 1 minute, I get the error
A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage.
UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME
- I tried many times, but unsuccessfully

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by philldmc In reply to Windows XP instalation

Use your Win98 CD and boot from there. Run FDisk and Delete all dos and or/non-dos partitions. After all partitions are deleted try installing Windows XP again.

If you are unable to, try creating a partition with the Windows 98 CD and formatting it. This can all be done without installing Windows 98

If the Hard drives does not format or a partition can not be created then you are probably looking at a bad drive, you can try a low level format to see if that will repair the drive, but I doubt it.

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by ebentatab In reply to Windows XP instalation

On the Technical Q&A FAQ, I found the solution: I used an UDMA cable for the HD.

I installed Windows XP.

Thanks to all

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