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How do I install Windows XP on a Ubuntu computer? Answered

Hi. My last questions regarding my old computer were taken down by me because they had been solved. Basically, my situation is that my old computer running Windows XP was loaded with junk. It then got the login loop where you try to login, then it flashes the background and takes you back to the login screen. After replacing the hard drive with an old Western Digital that I found didn't work, I put the old one back in and installed Ubuntu, effectively wiping the entire hard drive of everything else. Now my system runs Ubuntu. I decided I wanted XP back so I burned a disc image (ISO) from Microsoft's website (I don't have recovery discs) onto a CD. If I want to reinstall XP, what do I do from here? The Windows XP welcome window doesn't pop up. Instead, the computer makes an icon of it named GRTMUPD-EN. What do I do from here?

EDIT 6/24/13: I am in a much better position on computers right now, thank you everyone who tried to answer my asinine questions about a broken computer. I now run an HP p6140f (but with a better gpu) dual-booting Windows 7 and Mac OS X (both obtained legitimately) and  I actually own a legit copy of XP, too. As for my old Dell, I don't have it anymore. Although I feel kind of embarrassed to have asked these questions when they should be blatantly obvious to anyone more than an average user, I will still leave this up to serve as a point of information to others (as Burf said). Thanks.



Best Answer 8 years ago

To install Win XP, you're going to need an installation disk. I'm not certain what you downloaded from the MS site, but judging from the icon label, I'd guess it is a service pack. Whatever it is though, it isn't an XP O.S. Microsoft no longer sells, gives away or purveys XP to the general public. They want you to buy Win7.

Regarding the HDD error message, I fixed a friends PC that had this issue with his Dell PC a couple of years ago. The warning you get from the Disk monitoring system is a software glitch in the older Dell systems, primarily those with a Hitachi HDD. There used to be a patch available at the Dell support site, you can check and see if it is still there, if you want it.

The GRTMUPD-EN icon that gets placed on your desktop is a temporary shortcut to the CD in your drive, put there by Ubuntu. It lets you know that the drive is mounted and which disk is in the drive.

Now, I have a question for you. Why do you delete your questions as soon as you get it answered?
One of the purposes of the Instructables Answers section is to create a repository of information. When someone has a similar problem or needs to refresh his or her memory, they can go back and take a look at the responses, links or data that were given. By deleting them, you deprive anyone who may have a need for that information a source and you eliminate the time and effort others gave to you while attempting to help solve your problem. Generally, it is a courtesy to leave the question up for anyone else who may have need of it.

I actually want to keep the HDD message, because first of all, it does not affect anything, and secondly, "Strike F1 to continue, F2 to run the setup utility" basically is saying, "Press F1 to boot, or press F2 to go into the BIOS" So it's giving me plenty of time to press the key and go to the BIOS. Oh, and the computer has a Maxtor 160GB hard drive that Ubuntu says has some kind of imminent disk failiure. But it still actually works. Why does it give me the message that one or more hard disks report health problems, but then works fine?

Okay, Ubuntu 9.10 comes with a disk monitoring utility.  The utility monitors your HDD and if it detects that it is operating outside of its design parameters, even though it may seem to be functioning fine at the moment,  It gives you a warning so that, if you're smart, you will back up the data on that disk before it fails.
What the utility can't do is tell you when that failure may occur.  It could fail within the next hour or it could last a year before it finally breaks down.
My advice to you is to back up your hard disk ASAP and be prepared to replace it.

I think it broke down. It tries to boot with GRUB, then says that no such partition exists. Oh well. I've got two other PCs anyway and I've already took some parts out of that computer, so I can't really fix it.

You know anywhere I could get a decent hard drive on the cheap (the old Western Digital we have doesn't work)? And also, when I put the Western Digital in, the BIOS doesn't think it's even there, but the Ubuntu install wizard detects it. Why is this? I tried but couldn't find any auto detect thing in the BIOS. Why wouldn't it see the HDD?

What method of backup would be most effective? Should I use USB, DVD, or SD? My SD Card has 8GB, a DVD has 700MB, and my flash drive has 4GB.

Okay, Burf. I'll leave my questions up from now on. Anyway, thanks. All I need to know now is how to get an install disc for free. As you probably guessed already, I'm just one of those cheap-o's who tries to get stuff for free. 

Good enough.
As for obtaining a free copy of a Windows O.S., I can't help you. To the best of my knowledge, there is no way to obtain a free XP O.S. legally. And if you do happen to get a 'free' copy, there are ramifications. You are a bright kid, I suggest you look into some of the pitfalls.

Well, if I legally owned it before, it shouldn't be illegal for me to get it for free, right? I legally bought it from some guy.

You have a legal right to reclaim what you lost, you don't have a legal right to take another one.
If you buy a bicycle and lose it, you don't have a right to take another bicycle to replace the one you lost.

I see. How do I reclaim it if I never got one? I just bought the computer running XP Pro and never got any recovery or repair discs, and I surely never got an install disc with it. Would it be possible to use recovery discs from another PC?

Go to the person you bought it from and ask for the disks. Of course, he or she may rightfully assert that you bought it "as is."
Be nice, he or she may be willing to try and help you.

There is one slight problem. Neither me OR my dad remember his address, phone number or email, and I'm pretty sure we don't have it stored somewhere. And I got the computer 2 to 3 years ago. So even if I did remember his address, he probably wouldn't remember selling me the PC, and we would have no proof, and therefore, he would not give me the discs. But would it be possible for use of recovery discs from another computer? My sister has recovery discs to her WinXP Home computer. Are recovery discs used for making a new install, or simply patching the System32 files?

It's the old HDD, not Windows / Ubuntu. The machine isn't getting as far as a boot before it says "I don't like what you've got plugged into the primary EIDE".
Get a HDD that is in better condition?


The HDD boots fine, and so does the Ubuntu disc, they boot even after the message. It's just the CD. But from what Burf said, I'm pretty sure it's just a Service Pack, not Windows XP.

lemonie, this started happening before the computer stopped working. About a year before, and nothing had changed in my computer. It would boot from the HDD fine, and boot the Ubuntu disc fine, but with the XPSP3 disc, it just says:
"Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 to run the setup utility"

You can't download XP from Microsoft for free (if at all) - can you borrow a genuine original XP disk from someone?


I don't have another working hard drive, and I don't have any money for one because I'm a kid.

Leave the disc in the computer and restart it. If your motherboard's BIOS needs to be instructed to boot from the CD, google "booting from cd-rom." Otherwise, it should automatically detect the disc in the drive and attempt to boot from it.

I think a message appears, something like "press any key to boot from disc." 
Do so, and you will be kindly rewarded with the XP installation routine.

Well, it tries to boot, and before it boots (wether from hard drive or CD-R) it will always display this message:
"WARNING: Dell's Disk Monitoring System has detected that drive 0 on the primary EIDE controller is operating outside of normal specifications. It is advisable to immediately back up your data and replace your hard-disk drive by calling your support desk or Dell Computer Corporation.
Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility."
Now, I don't really give this a second thought because it started this a while ago, but if I press F1 while trying to boot the CD (HDD works fine) it loads for a couple seconds, then says:
"Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 to run the setup utility"
And it keeps doing that. How do I fix it?