unable to compile linux kernel on windows XP usinf codesourcery tools

Hi,
I am a newbie and have just got my board.
I use my HP laptop for development activities and it runs on windows
xp (shipped with it).
I donot want to switch to linux yet as i have a lot of data on this
laptop that i dont want to loose.

I downloaded and installed latest GIT, and Sourcery G++ Lite 2008q1
for windows xp
I have also downloaded the latest linux sources using git
I now want to compile the linux kernel using cs-make tool.
I am getting the following error.

You bet... Get away from Windows the easy way...

Get the VMware player from my favorite download site:
  http://www.filehippo.com/download_vmware_player/

Grab a Debian-based (such as Ubuntu 8.0.4) distro virtual appliance
from bagside.com:
  http://www.bagside.com/bagvapp/index.html
  http://174.36.1.2/ubu8.7z

Start following along with the rest of the class.

- dan

Hi,
I am a newbie and have just got my board.
I use my HP laptop for development activities and it runs on windows
xp (shipped with it).
I do not want to switch to linux yet as i have a lot of data on this
laptop that i dont want to loose.

[tail of woe removed]

Another solution might be this (like what I am doing right now):

Buy a USB external hard drive, install Linux there. Choose boot from
USB drive when you want to work on beagle. A self power USB hard drive
might be better. I fould my USB powered drive cannot always be detected by
BIOS (There seems be a timing issue before disk power supply from USB can
be stablized and BIOS is ready to give user boot option).

Guo

I've been developing BeagleBoard application programs using Cygwin
under Windows 2000. However, I would not try compiling a Linux kernel
under Windows. I like Guo's suggestion of using a separate boot drive
for Linux so that you can leave your Windows system intact.

I suggest using CodeSourcery version 2007q3 instead of 2008q1, as
recommended by http://elinux.org/BeagleBoard#Cortex_A8_ARM. Also,
there are some useful hints for compiling application programs using
Windows/Cygwin on the FAQ: http://elinux.org/BeagleBoardFAQ#Windows.2FCygwin_.231.