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Add XP to PC running Linux Mint with UEFI


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#1 Karzahni

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Posted 25 January 2016 - 11:03 PM

I want to install Windows XP Home Edition SP3 to an NTFS partition on my SSD.

 

The PC has the following devices hooked up:

128 GB SSD - ext4 and swap partitions taking up half the space, Linux Mint 17.2 installed

A blank NTFS partition taking up the rest

 

750 GB HDD - one NTFS partition

 

1 TB HDD - one ext4 partition

 

But when I run the XP setup disc, it reports the following:

122104 MB Disc 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on ahcix86 [MBR]

E: Partition1 [Unknown] 122104 MB ( 122104 MB free)

715403 MB Disk 0 at Id 2 on bus 0 on ahcix86 [MBR]

C: Partition1 (Programs Fi) [NTFS]  715402 MB ( 237929 MB free)

953868 MB Disk 0 at Id 3 on bus 0 on ahcix86 [MBR]

F: Partition1 [Unknown] 953869 MB ( 953868 MB free)

 

And if I select E: it tells me "Windows XP cannot recognize the partition you selected."

 

You never know what's going on there. Maybe it does not like UEFI or ext4?

 

MSI 970 Gaming Motherboard

AMD FX-8350 Eight-core Black Edition 4.0 GHz

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Corsair Force LX 128 GB SATA SSD

Seagate Momentus 750 GB SATA 2.5" HDD

Seagate Desktop 1 TB SATA 3.5" HDD

Linux Mint 17.2

Windows XP Home Edition SP3


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Posted 25 January 2016 - 11:53 PM


I want to install Windows XP Home Edition SP3 to an NTFS partition on my SSD.

Cool. Please keep in mind that Windows XP will overwrite GRUB. As such, you will lose access to Linux Mint, and will need to re-install GRUB using a Linux Mint live-flashdrive (or live-DVD).

 


Maybe it does not like UEFI or ext4?

In Linux Mint type:

sudo parted -l

This will show information about your harddrive, most importantly what kind of partition table you're using. Based on your comment about UEFI, I would presume you're using a GPT table, which Windows XP doesn't support. Nore does Windows XP support UEFI.



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Posted 26 January 2016 - 12:49 AM

I was planning on installing GAG (forgot to mention)

 

I know it is GPT. So it doesn't work on GPT at all? I guess I'll have to format and reinstall starting with XP. It just isn't convenient at this time.


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Posted 26 January 2016 - 01:23 AM


it doesn't work on GPT at all?

Windows XP 32bit was made in the days before GPT became the standard. The only reason it even realizes there is data on the drive is because GPT was built in a manner that lets operating systems expecting MBRPT see some of the partitions so they won't list the drive as blank and have the user accidentally overwrite valuable data. Windows XP 32bit doesn't support installing to drives using GPT. You will need to set your UEFI to CSM Legacy mode (because Windows XP doesn't support UEFI either), apply an MBRPT (Master Booot Record Partition Table), install Windows XP, install Linux Mint, and then install GAG. I used to use GAG a long time ago, didn't realize it was still around.



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Posted 26 January 2016 - 02:12 AM

Okay then, thanks.


Edited by hamluis, 26 January 2016 - 03:27 PM.

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