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 Need help with installing Windows XP from USB on old PC 
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Post Need help with installing Windows XP from USB on old PC
Hi everyone,

I need to install the Windows XP on my old (2001) PC, here's the specs:
- Intel Pentium 4
- 512 DDR1 RAM
- MSI MS-6547 Motherboard
- 40 GB Seagate HDD
- No ODD

I recently installed Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) on this PC and want to get rid of it because I'm so new to Linux that I can't get the driver for my Wi-fi adapter to work. So, I decided to install Windows XP on it. I've downloaded the XP SP3 ISO file from the internet. I've also format the HDD to NTFS format by booting the PC to boot-repair-disk and formatting the HDD from there.

I created a bootable Windows XP USB from Toshiba 4 GB flash drive with WinToFlash and I've also selected the option in advanced mode for installing Windows XP and format the USB to FAT16 LBS format because I just don't know why but my BIOS seemed that it only could boot from FAT16 (FAT)-formatted USB. I installed the Ubuntu by doing so and it worked.

Okay, here's the problem:
I successfully booted my PC to this USB, but when I selected the first option in GRUB loader (it was the loader used by WinToFlash to make the XP ISO bootable) to proceed to install Windows XP it returned error 15 and if I could remember correctly the description said: Filesystem type is ntfs, the partition type is 0xEE and I was stuck right there.

Do I need to use different program to make the bootable USB or any other solution to this problem? This is so frustrating. Other people seem to be able to install XP just fine.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you, guys!





24 Mar 2017, 11:47
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Post Re: Need help with installing Windows XP from USB on old PC
This is BIOS I/O difficulties caused by buggy USB code in it.

So, first of all go to Advanced mode again and uncheck "Collect info about GUI mode".
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This will stop WinToFlash from long Bootable USB drive creation. We need this to find file system config for your BIOS.


Try other options and test boot every time:
Limit USB drive size to 1Gb (your XP image is ~700Mb, yes?)
Try standard bootloader
Try other FAT32/16 options
Try other partition scheme


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