Posted 23 April 2009 - 10:03 PM
I am at my wits end! I have been trying all day to do a reinstall of XP. It should not be this hard to do, but I am running into all kinds of problems. I have a Dell xp reinstallation cd that Dell sent me. I have a Dell dimension 4600 computer.
I started the installation this morning and I cancelled the install after I received this message: "You chose to install xp on a partition that contains another operating system. this may cause the other operating system to not function properly. It is not recommended to install multi systems on a single partition."
The only choices available for me to choose were Fat or NTFS...I chose NTFS.
I posted here this morning and got some advice about what to do and was told to delete the windows partition and recreate it. after that you will be given the option to reformat the drive. Well that didn't work either. here is what I got when I tried to delete the partition: "Setup is unable to perform the requested operation on the selected partition. This partition contains temporary setup files that are required to complete the installation." I Had to cancell the installation once again.
So, I decided to do a restore using F11 even though it wouldn't be a clean install like I originally wanted...by this time I was getting desperate and willing to settle. Guess what? That didn't work either! It just took me back to the same place that the Dell cd had me.
My question at this point is: what good is the darn Dell reinstallation cd or the restore thru F11 if it won't let you reinstall!!!!? I guess you can tell I am not too happy right now.
My next step was to put the reinstallation cd back in and try again with the unrecommended choice of selecting the NTFS partition again with the warning coming up "It is not recommended to install multi systems on a single partition." But it does give the option to go ahead with the install anyway, so I chose that option. This what it said after I chose it "A windows folder already exists that may contain a windows installation. If you continue, the existing Window installation will be overwritten. All files,subfolders, users accts.,applications, security & desktop settings for that Windows installation will be deleted. The 'My Documents' folder may also be deleted.
To use the folder & delete the existing windows installation in it, PRESS L
To use a different folder, PRESS ESC.
F3 to quit setup
Guess what I chose? Yeah F3 again! Oh woe is me, I can't believe this day!
Should I have just selected L and deleted the existing Windows? I almost did, but I chickened out and decided to come here first for advice.
Anyone...tell me what to do? Besides throwing this computer out the window! Thanks for all your help!!!