I have an xp laptop from Acer and I have a problem where I can't install Windows 7 to the pc. Every time I install it this error comes up for some reason I can not get this problem fixed and I do not know how to fix it. I come to this site because I know that you can help me and try to get my problem working again
Answer by Josh_M · Aug 12, 2011 at 07:07 PM
Click the Advanced Drive Options link, this will give you the option to delete the partitions. But, are you in XP when you are loading the CD? You will need to boot off of the CD instead of the hard drive to be able to delete that partition. If you still want to keep your files, delete the OEM partition only and then load XP back up and try the upgrade again.
edit: you will need to reboot your computer, there is no way for you to be able to do a screen cap from the installation disc which tells me you are not performing the right steps to delete that particular parititon. Your best bet would be to back up your data to a different drive and then do a complete reinstall. You will have to set your BIOS to boot from a CD or use the Boot Manager to temporarily boot to it. When you boot off of the CD, you will not have the option to do an upgrade, just like when you put the CD in while XP is loaded you can't do a custom install.
Edit #2: Custom installs are better because you get rid of all the clutter from the previous OS and start fresh. In the end it is your choice but you will need to follow my steps above to delete the OEM partition. Keep in mind that you will not be able to install Windows 7 to that OEM partition because it is too small. I believe that Windows 7 needs roughly 15GBs of space to install so you will have to use another parition to make it work but you can give yourself that 3GB back for a little extra space.
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