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Installing Winodws XP on an old Ubuntu computer?

Asked by hungerforpizza (247 points ) September 8th, 2009

So I have this old ubuntu desktop ( http://bayimg.com/image/aadmlaacm.jpg ) and I want to put windows xp on it ( http://bayimg.com/image/aadmhaacm.jpg ) and when i turn on the computer it doesen’t boot into the XP setup. I don’t know how to install xp! (if this helps http://bayimg.com/image/aadmpaacm.jpg )

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Axemusica's avatar

Did you try going into the Bios and setting it to boot from the cdrom?

hungerforpizza's avatar

@Axemusica How to I get to BIOS?

Axemusica's avatar

usually when the boot screen comes up it prompts you to press a key to enter the bios. Usually an F button, but I’ve seen delete too. Once in there, there’s an area that says boot from and you change that from hard disk to cd rom.

El_Cadejo's avatar

im having a similar problem with a ubuntu comp to get win 7 on it. I did however go in the bios and make it boot from cd first, but for some reason it wont boot from it. I know its a working disc as i put it on my laptop as well so unno.

Axemusica's avatar

@uberbatman I believe there’s a priority you need to set, otherwise I haven’t a clue, lol.

mrentropy's avatar

On newer Dell’s you can get to a boot menu by hitting F12. If that doesn’t work, F2 will bring you to the BIOS setup where you can change the boot order. F10 is a possibility for other makers, like HP and Compaq. For home brew systems DEL usually does the trick.

Vista and Windows 7 come on DVD, not CD, so if you only have a CD-ROM you won’t be able to boot from them.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@Axemusica yea, it is set. Its odd it will say its going to boot from cd and then when it comes time to do that, it just skips it lol.

Axemusica's avatar

@uberbatman I believe there’s a way to force it into doing so, but I can’t remember how to, since I haven’t done this type of stuff for years.

El_Cadejo's avatar

ah well. I think i actually fried the mobo. I shut it off when i was fuckin with it, and then went to turn it back on and nothing.

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