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Try wiping the hard drive clean. You should then be able to install Windows without a problem.There is ONLY the one HDD attached to the system. Correct?
There is nothing on the hard drive that you wish to keep ... and you would be comfortable with wiping the WHOLE hard drive clean ... correct?
Boot with the Ubuntu CD. At the Ubuntu Desktop, go to Applications
In the terminal window that opens, at the prompt, type in the following command exactly as shown (paying attention to the spaces) and then press the <ENTER> key:sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=4k conv=notrunc
This command will overwrite the drive with zeroes, and return your hard drive to "as new" condition.
Apart from your hard drive light showing "busy", there will be no indication of anything happening until finished, when you will see output on the terminal screen as follows ...dd: writing '/dev/sda': No space left on device
followed by some other information.I have tested on a 2.1GB hard drive and found it to take 17.4 minutes to complete. So, be patient: The time it takes to complete will depend on the size of your hard drive. You may wish to leave it run over-night.
Simply close the terminal window when finished.
Then shut down the computer, removing the Ubuntu CD.
Boot to your Windows installation CD, create a partition on which you wish to install the operating system, format it, and install Windows. Success?Note 1: You may be using a SATA HDD &/or a retail Microsoft XP CD (not the original DELL installation disks)?
If that is so, you will need to do one of the following:
Note 2: You may have to enter the BIOS Setup Menu and change the configuration to allow the use of USB mouse/keyboard.
- Configure BIOS to see the SATA HDD as an "ATA/IDE compatible" HDD
- Install SATA drivers either via floppy or on the Windows installation CD (slipstream the drivers to the XP CD).
Note 3: I have assumed the use of a SATA HDD in the commands used in Ubuntu.
Edited by AustrAlien, 22 June 2011 - 07:47 AM.