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22 Aug, 2011

Fixed: “this disk does not contain a Windows XP compatible partition” problem during XP installation

Posted by: mynag In: Computer|Solution & tips

Scenario

You were performing a fresh Windows XP installation on a hard drive/disk that is formatted with FAT32 or NTFS format both of which are compatible format for Windows OS.
At the XP installation screen when you were asked to choose a partition for the installation of the Windows XP OS, you select one of the partition and press enter to proceed and the next thing you know is this error messsage:

“this disk does not contain a Windows XP compatible partition”

Solution

Unplugged all USB drives including external hard drives and even your mobile phones, flash card and memory cards from your computer and restart the installation. If it still doesn’t recognize the partition, check if there is another hard drives connected in the computer, you may have to disconnect and leave only the hard drive where XP is to be installed to be the only drive connected and try again.

1 Response to "Fixed: “this disk does not contain a Windows XP compatible partition” problem during XP installation"

1 | Mike Holyfield

December 2nd, 2012 at 6:17 am

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I had this problem but the solution above didn’t solve it, then I suspected what could be causing it and tried the following, and it solved the problem:

My Windows XP partition was one of the logical partitions of the hard disk, part of a bigger extended partition. I deleted all partitions of my hard disk and, using GParted, made a primary partition only for windows XP. That solved the problem.

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