14 Replies Latest reply: Jan 31, 2013 1:10 PM by Csound1
applemax Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Prior to upgrading to Mountain Lion I had a partition running Windows XP. It still works, but on attempting to upgrade to 7, the partition appears damaged and the installation quits. Now I can't redo the partition as I only have XP and ML with Bootcamp 4 doesn't support XP. Ideas?


iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Core i7 2TB
  • 1. Re: Trapped in XP.
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,440 points)

    How far did you get with the installation of Win 7? and did you select 'Custom Install'

  • 2. Re: Trapped in XP.
    applemax Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, got as far as 11% and then it said 'Installation failed'. Nothing else, classic Windows stuff. 7 is an electronic upgrade so no physical disk.

  • 3. Re: Trapped in XP.
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,440 points)

    No idea why it failed (although Windows has many) but as part of a custom install W7 will delete the XP installation, you may have got far enough to have done that.

     

    Can you see the Boot Camp partition from OSX? if yes is there anything in it?

  • 4. Re: Trapped in XP.
    applemax Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks

     

    No, It didnt get that far. I can still see the contents of the partition in OSX and run Windows XP, but I am stuck there. Have tried repairing the partition but no joy, windows says its healthy, but still can't install. So my instinct is to delete the partition and start again but I can't do that because 7 is an electronic upgrade of xp. So I would need to install XP into the clean partition, and then apply the electronic upgrade but I can't do that cos bootcamp 4 doesn's support XP.

     

    Dang.

  • 5. Re: Trapped in XP.
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,440 points)

    Yes, I do see the dilemma, and although I have heard that it is possible to install the upgrade and license it later (install twice basically) I have not tried and can't vouch for the method. Can you check the format of the Boot Camp partition (to ensure that it is not FAT)

  • 6. Re: Trapped in XP.
    applemax Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi

     

    Thanks again but no, its NTFS defo.

     

    Guess I'll have to buy a physical 7 disk, which is a) not easy and b) incredibly expensive. Sad to say but in no other area of retail would people tolerate these kind of cul-de-sacs, where products are just rendered obsolete on a whim so we have to keep shelling out. Ridiculous. And Apple and Microsoft are in this one together.

     

    Ah well

  • 7. Re: Trapped in XP.
    saturnotaku Level 3 Level 3 (525 points)

    Windows XP was obsolete 3 years ago. If you look around, a full-version Windows 7 OEM install disk is not that expensive (US$100 or less), and the OS will receive support from MS until 2019.

  • 8. Re: Trapped in XP.
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,440 points)

    applemax wrote:

     

    Hi

     

    Thanks again but no, its NTFS defo.

     

    Guess I'll have to buy a physical 7 disk, which is a) not easy and b) incredibly expensive. Sad to say but in no other area of retail would people tolerate these kind of cul-de-sacs, where products are just rendered obsolete on a whim so we have to keep shelling out. Ridiculous. And Apple and Microsoft are in this one together.

     

    Ah well

    XP is a 12 year old, unsafe piece of software, do you really expect it to be supported for ever?

  • 9. Re: Trapped in XP.
    applemax Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Nah

     

    That's why I'm upgrading. But I dont expect them to block the upgrade path and force me to start again.

     

    Much of the time these arbitrary decisions are not about technology and its limitations but about revenue and its generation.

     

    So off I go to but a new copy of Windows 7 as 8 isn't supported either.

  • 10. Re: Trapped in XP.
    applemax Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'd love to know where I can get that for that price (I live in the UK and was running xp pro for the enterprise compatibility)

  • 11. Re: Trapped in XP.
    youngmacdonald Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)

    Hi applemax Scan used to sell OEM disks IF you bought a significant piece of hardware at the same time, as it is OEM you could claim to be the manufacturer. BTW just down the road from you in Trowbridge.

  • 12. Re: Trapped in XP.
    dalstott Level 4 Level 4 (2,530 points)

    If you purchase retail Windows 7 consider the Pro version instead of the Home Premium. I mention this as with W7 Pro you can download Windows XP mode at no cost.  XP Mode is a virtual machine (like Parallels and VM Fusion) for those applications that are not up to date for Windows 7.

     

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx

     

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/features/default.aspx

  • 13. Re: Trapped in XP.
    Star1 Level 2 Level 2 (465 points)

    Hi dalstott,

    don't be fooled to believe that this is a 'full' winXP...

    Do you remember the "classic mode" on the older MacOS?

    Thats what this is.

    (I have it installed on my PC.)

  • 14. Re: Trapped in XP.
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,440 points)

    applemax wrote:

     

    I'd love to know where I can get that for that price (I live in the UK and was running xp pro for the enterprise compatibility)

    It's not hard, try Amazon UK,

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    I believe that 66 pounds is close to a 100 dollars?

     

    And in case you need Domain Connectivity

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    For a few pounds more