I haven't yet been able to identify what is the cause of the lock, maybe it was because I wanted to install in the fourth SATA disk partition (/dev/sda4), or maybe it was a Phoenix BIOS issue, as the laptop comes with the Vista enabled BIOS 3309. Maybe there is any incompatibility with EFI. Don't know yet. Here I'm describing the method that worked for me, after a long time of trials and errors. It does not work as expected, but it works. It's based on the following article:
- Windows XP installation CD
- Another computer with Windows XP already installed
- A USB stick of at least 1GB
- PE2USB to create the bootable USB - http://gocoding.com/page.php?al=petousb
Step by step:
- Create a copy of your
- Perform a noreboot installation ...
Execute from the command line
Select "New Installation (avanced)"
Accept the EULA and type the CD key
Check in the Setup options -> Advanced options that the directory is
\WINDOWSand check the option "Copy setup files"
Answer NO if you get asked on upgrade the hard disk to NTFS.
Once finished, the setup program will finish withouth rebooting. Do not extract the CD yet.
Now there would be two newly created directories called
C:\$WIN_NT$.~LS. If they are not visible, check that the folder options to show hidden and system files are enabled.
- Create the bootable USB with PEtoUSB ...
Insert the USB stick, execute PEtoUSB, select the USB stick, mark "Enable disk format" and point "source path" to the CD installation source, in my case D:\, and check "Enable File Copy" and "Overwrite always". The bootable USB will be created.
- When the program is done, erase everything except:
WIN51*files will depend on the Windows version that you're installing.
- Copy the directories
C:\$WIN_NT$.~LSinto the USB stick root.
- Create a directory called
E:\minintin the stick
E:\minintdirectory of the stick
- Erase the following files from the USB
- Renane the directories
C:\$WIN_NT$.~LS.OLDin order to keep them if anything goes wrong.
If the system is displaying errors on restart, check the
C:\boot.inifile in the laptop by using the recovery console that is in the USB stick. Check that the entries are pointing to the right disk drive. In my case, it's as follows.
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
Now, it's only needed to restore the MBR so that GRUB can launch instead of the XP boot manager. This can be easily done with Super Grub Disk, please check the post "Repair GRUB booting with a USB stick and XP".
If everything went fine, you can also delete the installation folders on the PC,
C:\$WIN_NT$.~LS.OLD, as they are no longer needed.
It's not a bad idea to restart the laptop in Linux and create an image of the XP partition with some tool like Partimage (http://www.partimage.org), in order to restore it in an easier way.