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Old 04-13-2009, 06:54 AM   #1
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Linux Up and Running , but now I wanted to Install Windows

I have Linux up and running on an embedded Board. I am trying to install Windows on the same hardware. The windows Installation CD is connected via ( USB) CDROM. I changed the Boot order to Boot from the CDROM. I expected that during installation of Windows ( from CD), Windows OS would have detected the HardDrive ( already formated for ext2fs) and would ask for reformatting for FAT32 / NTFS. But it did not happen. The installation procedure goes for sometime and then the dreaded Blue screen turns up - stating run CHDSK/F untility / INACEESIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE.

So I tried, making one of the Partitions as Windows Partition ( FAT32)
and retried the Installation- end result is the same. The output of fdisk -l is posted here. Note /dev/sda3 partition (FAT32).

fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 128 1028159+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 129 766 5124735 83 Linux
/dev/sda3 767 1404 5124735 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/sda4 1405 9604 65866500 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 1405 2042 5124734+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 2043 2173 1052257 83 Linux
/dev/sda7 2174 2206 265072 83 Linux
/dev/sda8 2207 2844 5124734+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda9 2845 3099 2048287 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda10 3100 4119 8193149+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda11 4120 4185 530144+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda12 4186 4218 265072 83 Linux
/dev/sda13 4219 4856 5124734+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda14 4857 4889 265072 83 Linux
/dev/sda15 4890 9604 37873206 83 Linux
So my queries
- is there something silly I am doing during installation ?
- is it that there is no way, i can install Windows on an HDD already used under Linux OS ?
Any pointers shall be useful.
Old 04-13-2009, 07:25 AM   #2
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This is more likely a hardware compatibility issue between the computer and windows, it maybe that windows just lacks the driver for the hard drive controller on the motherboard. If it's not displaying the hard drive at all that is. I have installed windows and linux on my home PC multiple times in dual boot, however if you go after dual boot it's advisable to install windows first, linux is more forgiving to windows then windows is to linux....
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I can think of these three problems:-
1)Your windows xp cd is corrupted
2)Try installing from ATA or SATA cdrom drive than an USB drive.
3)Windows is clashing with the linux partitions.format the whole hard disk,install windows first and then linux.
Even if you can manage to install windows without deleting the linux partitions, there is every possibility of getting the linux bootloader erased by windows.
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First, you should place your data or long lists within vbcode tags, use the # (code) or balloon (quote) at the top of the reply window. This way your posts will be cleaner and easier to read.

You would be better off to install M$ Win first. You can create your partition scheme but it is simpler to have the M$ product as the first partition. Which version of M$ Windows? You might need to load drivers at the boot time of the CD. I believe it is the 'F6' key to load alternate drivers to support your devices. When you create the M$ partition on the hdd first then be sure to make that partition bootable.

The M$ installer is picky about sharing drives for installs!


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