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DAT132 Calculating status...
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Mar 19, 2012 5:23 AM

I only get a blank screen with flashing cursor when I try to use partition running windows xp.  How do I recover?

iMac (27-inch Mid 2010), Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (10,570 points)
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    Mar 19, 2012 8:23 AM (in response to DAT132)

    DAT132 wrote:

     

    I only get a blank screen with flashing cursor when I try to use partition running windows xp.  How do I recover?

    Your Lion operating system does not support XP. It only supports Windows 7. Did it not tell you this when you used Boot Camp Assistant to partition your hard drive? It also says Windows 7 is required in the Boot Camp Installation Guide http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/boot_camp_install-setup_10.7.pdf .

  • PachaKaMac Calculating status...
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    May 5, 2012 9:25 AM (in response to DAT132)

    Black screen and blinking cursor is what I got trying to install Windows 7. Appears to be Windows's boot record getting corrupted (by Windows's own installer apparently !).

    I found the fix in the window's install disk. Look here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392

    This is valid for Vista & W7, I would believe the tool also exists on XP install disk. If not you can always download and burn a trial Windows 8, it is free.

    Get to the terminal from windows disk then:

    1) go to your XP partition (usually c:) and execute

          bootrec /fixMbr

         bootrec /fixBoot

    2) go to the boot partition (usually d:) and execute

         bootrec /rebuildBcd

     

    Lion lets you install XP but BootCamp utility does not download support apps for anything else than Windows 7. Maybe using an older version of BootCamp would do the trick.

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