Want to install Linux 7.3 on a laptop running Windows XP

I want to install Linux 7.3 on my laptop. The laptop is currently running Windows XP. I am using VMWare with linux as the guest operating system, when I get to partitioning, a message appears saying that
"The partition table on device sda was unreadable. To create new partition it must be initialized, causing the loss of all data on the drive."  

I choose not to initialize the partition because I don't want to wipe out XP. But when I do, the install ejects the Linux CD and restarts the virtual workstation when it gets to the partitioning.

Anyone know a better way to add Linux to an XP workstation????
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jlevieConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The message about the partition table being unreadable when installing Linux on a VMware virtual machine is normal. At that point there isn't a valid partition table on the virtual disk drive. So allowing the installer to initialize the device should not be harmful to your XP installation.
LorangerGAuthor Commented:
Thank you!!!
You should take a look at the VMware on-line docs (http://www.vmware.com/support/guestnotes/doc/guestos_redhat73.html#1103094), which mentions this. Also you'll need to install the VMware tools and there's a link to the instructions for that on that URL.
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