Quote: Originally Posted by CrusnikVIII
Forgive me if this has already been covered. I get to the point where you install XP in method 2 but the Installation of XP isn't working properly. I'm able to install XP to the point where it needs to restart. but then when it does instead of continuing the installation I get this error, "Press any key to boot from CD..... Error loading operating system" and I'm not able to do anything. The Only way I've been able to restore functionality to my PC is to dual boot my PC with another copy of Windows 7 then delete the second copy of Windows 7 with Easybcd and remove the installation files. Any advice to get this working would be greatly appreciated.
@Crusnik -- I had a similar problem, and my solution was to use two physically separate hard drives, which allowed me to force the boot (and hence, reboot in the XP install) to the 2nd hard drive until everything in XP was set up like I wanted. Then, I was able to go back and use EasyBCD on my Windows 7 install to get the NT boot loader (needed for XP) running on the 1st drive to redirect to the 2nd one for dual boot. Works awesomely now. If you'd like to read the drama, I believe that it starts on page 47 and continues on to 48 & 49, with a couple of other people's discussions sprinkled inbetween.
Quote: Originally Posted by TrevorOzzy
Hi there. I bought a new PC with Windows 7 installed about two months ago. Last night I made a new partition (100GB) on my drive for the XP install. After finishing the install I rebooted and got, "Disc read error. Press CTRL+ATL+DEL to restart". Please help me!
@Trevor: if your disc that is giving you this error is your Windows 7 HDD, don't fear...it's likely totally fixable. Boot from your Windows 7 DVD, and do a repair from the disc (startup repair should be the first option in the repair menu screen). I had the same thing happen to me when going through this, and Windows 7 was able to fix itself pretty much every time. The only time I got this error and it was unfixable was when I was trying to boot XP from my 2nd drive with a full 1Tb partition...that made it completely crap out. So, I made a 50Gb partition for XP on the 2nd drive, and then it fired right up, no problem. I used one big partition for the rest of the drive as storage/installation space for both OSs from both physically separate hard drives. In any case, keep in mind that partition size, depending upon your mobo's capabilities, can play a role in whether you can boot from that particular disc.