WIndows XP Upgrade CD Problems

TheMrVader January 24, 2009 at 20:18:34
Specs: Windows XP, 1 gig
I have a windows xp home Upgrade CD and I am trying to run a clean install of it. The problem I am having is lies in the fact that I do not have a OS that i am upgrading from. I do not have anything other than a Windows 98 boot floppy. Is there anyways that I can install XP with the boot up floppy and if not what is a way I can? Thank you for your time!

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#1
January 24, 2009 at 20:43:39
You 'can' do the install. Start it up by booting from the XP install CD. After some preliminary stuff you will get a screen that says something about proving prior ownership of windows. You will be instructed to insert a CD of a prior windows version. You should remove the XP CD and insert the Win98 CD in the drive. The install program will then inspect the CD to make sure it's valid. Then you will be asked to put the XP CD back in the drive and the install will proceed.

FWIW to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to NTVDM.EXE, the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.


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#2
January 24, 2009 at 21:14:13
The Windows 98 is a floppy not CD. There is not prompt asking or giving me the ability to use a floppy. So basically I have my Windows XP Upgrade CD and a Windows 98 Boot up floppy. Hope that helps you help me! ;p

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#3
January 24, 2009 at 21:25:21
FYI,

My answer here is wrong and I left it here for the purpose of not destroying the thread>>>read other posts covering this below!

Microsoft installed a specific error for solving this problem...

Boot to the upgrade installation CD and let it run as a full installation and not as an upgrade. when it asks for a conforming prior operating system installation disc just click ok....if it comeback to requesting the cd with a browse option > pick browse and point to the XP installation CD still in the drive. The program will read this as a qualifying installation CD and then continue the original installation....this is perfectly legal to do and perform!

In reference to 11/05/2008


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#4
January 24, 2009 at 21:31:33
I will try this and see how it goes. Thank you so much and if any problem i will let you know. Thanks again!

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#5
January 24, 2009 at 21:40:10
OK so i did as you said and its a no go. When I hit cont. the same screen pops back up and says:

please insert one of the following Windws product CDs into CD-ROM drive: Windows XP Hom( full versoin), Windows XP Professional( full version ), Windows 3000 Professional, Windows Millennium, Windows 98, Windows BT workstation 4.0, Windows 95, or Windows NT Workstation 3.51.

*When the CD is in the frive, press ENTER.
*To quit Setup, press F3.

So even though my Windows XP Home Upgrade CD is in the drive it just keeps going back to this.


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#6
January 24, 2009 at 22:31:12
My mistake...it is only the vista upgrades that are allowed to upgrade from themselves and not XP home....

Do you have a friend that has an installation CD from a previous operating system that you can borrow....you do not need to install the older OS just have the cd to use when requested.

In reference to 11/05/2008


"So this is how liberty dies. With thunderous applause."
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#7
January 24, 2009 at 23:13:02
No sir. I just moved to Texas and I dont really know anyone. Is there a way possible with using boot disks?

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/c...
Windows XP System Setup Disk Look for bootdisk essentials

What i posted is a way I am guesiing but i dont really understand it.

Here's how to do it:

1. Start the computer with your chosen boot disk.

2. Change to the cdrom drive.

3. Go into the \i386 directory on the cdrom.

4. Run WINNT.EXE to begin the install process.


Would this workd, and if so can you help me. I have done everything its has said, but when I switch to the cddrive and type /i386 directory or just /i386 it does do anything. Thanks!


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#8
January 24, 2009 at 23:26:59
OK so i grew a bigger brain and try this. I booted from teh setup floppy and let it run. When it came up i ran smartdrv.exe and it loaded. Then i got into the CDrom drive and typed /i386/winnt.exe. When I do that Windows setup come up with a blue screen and says Could not find swap file and something or other and it only give me an option to only exit. Got any ideas?

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#9
January 24, 2009 at 23:38:24
That still will not work if all you have is the upgrade version.... The check for the qualifying CD is embedded in the setup folder.

check your personal message as i live in Texas as well!

In reference to 11/05/2008


"So this is how liberty dies. With thunderous applause."
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