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The machine I have has one SATA HDD with four partitions. I keep getting the error:

disk does not contain a Windows XP-compatible partition

whatever I do.

I have plenty of free space, and just to let you know, I am running on an Ubuntu live boot, and also ran it before installing XP.

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What are you trying to install? Please describe what are the existing 4 partitions. – Mxx May 31 '12 at 19:46
They are trying to install Windows XP, but I agree about needing to know what the existing partitions are. – Synetech May 31 '12 at 21:57
Simple solution? Delete the partitions and do a fresh install, or just buy another HDD. They're pretty cheap nowadays. – kevlar1818 Jun 1 '12 at 13:07

First Windows HAS TO BE installed on a primary partition.

I mean, if you have xp as well 7, then one of them can be on logical drive.

BUT, if if you have only one windows installation, it has to be on primary partition.

If all the 4 partitions are logical drives, the you need to repartition disk to have at least one primary partition ideally at the beginning of disk.

Use ubuntu live or gparted to check current partition layout and to repartition if required.


Ahh...and what is the file system to those 4 partitions?(should be FAT32/NTFS)

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