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Error Messege when installing XP Pro

By tbrodale
Nov 23, 2004
  1. I do not know if this is in the right place. Please move it if it is not, sorry I tried :blush:

    I just got a new computer for free because it wouldnt work and they couple had spent 80 dollars to get it fixed and it still was shot. I started it up and nothing would work, so I reformatted and reinstalled Windows ME and everything worked out fine. About a week later I decided I wanted to install my windows XP pro. When I tried I was told that installation could not continue due to an error with the file partmgr.sys I then tried to install Windows 2k pro (the computer was built for windows 2k pro and windows me) but still didnt work getting me the same messege. I then reloaded ME to see if it would still work and it still did.

    The specs are

    hp pavilion 7960
    1.3 ghz pentium 4
    128 mb RDRAM
    40 gig Ultra DMA hard drive
    nVidia TNT2 M64 graphics card w/ 32MB SDRAM

    Any ideas?
     
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    Use fdisk to delete the partition then create a new partition then boot from the xp pro cd.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
     
  3. tbrodale

    tbrodale TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Tried that. I think I just need a new harddrive.
     
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    If it was your hard drive then I don`t think Windows ME would work.

    Regards Howard :grinthumb
     
  5. tbrodale

    tbrodale TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I think its a hardware-software compatability problem. Maybe.
     
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    When you first tried to install xp pro did you try to install it over the top of ME as an upgrade?

    Regards Howard :grinthumb
     
  7. tbrodale

    tbrodale TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I did, but after I tried deleting the partition and reformatting and reinstalling. So NOTHING work lol.
     
  8. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    I would reinstall Windows ME then put in the xp pro cd and click on install and see what happens.

    Regards Howard :grinthumb
     
  9. tbrodale

    tbrodale TS Rookie Topic Starter

    You mean do the update thing? Did that.
     
  10. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    In that case just use Windows ME for now and hopefully someone will come up with a better solution.

    Sorry I wasn`t able to help.

    Regards Howard :confused: :confused:
     
  11. tbrodale

    tbrodale TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I am installing 2000 on a different hard drive and it just came up saying some files couldnt be copied so I dont think this one will work either. Who knows what it is. I hate to let this computer go to waste or pay big bucks to have someone look at it and not have it fixed.
     
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