I recently installed a second Windows XP in FAT32 on a 6gb partition on my 80gb hard drive using Bootit NG as my partitioning utility. My original XP is about 70gb in NTFS. There are 2 other small partitions for Dell Utility and Bootit. I had some hal.dll issues and some other problems that were resolved by editing boot.ini. See http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Q_21414205.html
for further background. Now my question is:
I can boot into the 6gb new XP installation. However, when I boot into the old XP I get the graphic setup for windows installation, requesting that I insert the CD to continue installation. Apparently I accidently began an XP installation where the old XP is or maybe the new installation caused the problem, I don't know...
First, I'm getting a screen that says 'setup is restarting' or something like that and then I get the graphical windows installation screen that has the following in a column on the lefthand side (besides the advertising on the main screen for the features of windows xp):
radio buttons that say
collecting information // (selected)
dynamic update // (selected)
preparing installation // (selected)
installing windows // (not selected)
finalizing installation // (not selected)
'Setup will complete in approximately: 39 minutes'
I would like to try to get back to the old XP altering as little as possible...
My questions are:
is there something I can do to exit this installation setup and get back to my old XP?
has the installation process thus far destroyed any of my old Windows XP configuration?
apparently no installation has taken place, only 'preparations' whatever that entails
should it be necessary to continue with this installation, will I be presented with an
option that will allow me to do only a repair and keep all my data intact? I don't
know enough about the installation setup to know if I will be presented with that
option; I hope someone can enlighten me...