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Problem installing windows XP with windows 7 installed


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#1 harleyf250

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 06:34 AM

I have a brand new Dell Xps with windows 7 Professional installed and I am trying to install Windows XP professional with SP3 to be able to dual boot.  I have already partitioned my hard drive and attempted to install, but have run into a problem.  As the installation begins I get the following message -- "File acpi.sys is corrupted" and it will not go any further.  I have researched this error on google, but have yet to find a remedy.  I would appreciate any help.  Thanks



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 07:17 AM

A couple related tutorials

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/8790/dual-boot-your-pre-installed-windows-7-computer-with-xp/

 

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/8057-dual-boot-installation-windows-7-xp.html

You will be interested in Option 2

 

I always found it easier when installing Operating Systems to disconnect any unnecessary hardware.

(Printers, Scanners, Tablets, External Hard Drives etc.)

 

Just keep the necessities Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers Network.



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 07:27 AM

Thank you for the reply.  I read through option 2 on the second link above and it doesn't really address the acpi.sys error, but maybe it has to do with the RAID, SATA stuff.  I'll see if I can get it done that way.  Thanks again



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 08:03 AM

In prehistoric times I worked for Dell. I seem to remember that in the BIOS there was a setting for OS install mode. I think they did away with that in current systems. The idea of the setting was...

 

When Enabled The full system memory (RAM) was unavailable. Once the OS was installed and running, you went into the BIOS and disabled the OS install mode.

 

Quite possibly you may have to remove a RAM chip and try your install simulating the OS install mode in the BIOS.

 

The BIOS change was a quick call resolution back in the day and resolved the issue 75% of the time.

 

Also check for scratches/blemishes on your installation media unless you are installing from a USB drive.

 

Which brings up another option... Installing Windows XP from a Bootable USB drive.



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 08:22 AM

Well, it's not the SATA or RAID problem...that is for when during insatllation a hard drive isn't recognized.  The insatll CD looks fine...it's that darn acpi.sys error!  ASPI has to do with power management and it's very frustrating.



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 08:41 AM

Visit: http://www.pdffun.com/

 

Scroll down the page and find Anti Stress Kit.

1. Click and Download. (Read the warning)!

2. Print and attach to a solid wall.

3. Follow Directions and repeat as many times as necessary.

 

But seriously...

Another consideration... Install and use Windows XP Mode in Windows 7

 

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/install-and-use-windows-xp-mode-in-windows-7






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