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Old 11-19-2012, 02:52 PM   #1
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Yes I am a newbie you would say. I would like to unistall fedora 13 from my system and re-install windows. sorry but I really just rather use fedora on my desktop through the virtual box. I can not seem to do this. I tried to put in my restoration disk for my win. xp and it comes up with a blue screen saying that I may not have the disk space. It also comes up and says that I should go into bios and stop caching and shadowing but it won't let me into the bios. What am I to do. I really need my windows back on and when I used the restoration disk it was bootable. I have used it several times never had theis problem. Could someone please help me with this. Thank you
Old 11-19-2012, 04:39 PM   #2
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Hello twiggy4243, welcome to LQ,

it would be good if you boot fedora, open a terminal and execute the command
fdisk -l
and post the output here. This will give us an overview about the Windows- and Linuxpartitions on your computer.

Old 11-19-2012, 05:04 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by twiggy4243 View Post
it won't let me into the bios.
After you power on the computer, but before it starts to load the OS, there is a short time during which pressing a certain key will enter the BIOS menu. Which key depends on the BIOS. It may be set up to display that information for a moment while it powers up. If not, then tell us the manufacturer of the computer and any info you do see from the BIOS during power up and someone will tell you the key code you need to press to get into BIOS setup.

Your main problem sounds like one of two issues, one of which requires BIOS setup.

The hard disk mode set in the BIOS menu might be something the XP installer doesn't understand. If so, you need to change the hard drive mode (in the BIOS menu) to some legacy IDE mode while installing XP. Once XP is installed and Windows update has downloaded the correct hard disk driver for your brand/model motherboard, you could set the hard disk mode back to the faster default.

The other possible problem has never happened to me, though I've often done exactly what others have described as a cause of this problem. The XP installer is supposedly confused by something Linux has left in the partition table of the hard drive. Using a Linux bootable CD or USB and the dd command, you can write zeroes on the first track of the hard drive, wiping out all the partitioning and RAID info, making the XP installer think you have a new hard disk on which it will create a new partition table without trying to read the old partition table.

The first hit on a google search for that dd command gave me this page:

That one suggests a count of 1 on the dd command, which is fine if the confusion is entirely in the partition table. In some cases I have seen confusion over "fake RAID" data that must be cleaned out by a slightly larger count. A larger count just leaves less of a chance of salvaging the data that we are assuming you don't want to salvage from your Linux install.

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