XP Home to XP Pro problem

February 27, 2011 at 06:16:17
Specs: Windows XP
I've had a legit version of XP Home for some time and decided I would get XP Pro with SP2.

I've reformated with the Home version and now when I put the Pro disc in it does a clicking then shows this issue below and doesn't let me upgrade or install new.

The option to upgrade will not be available at this time because Setup was unable to load the file E:\i386\WINNTUPG\NETUPGRD.DLL.
%1 is not a valid Win32 application

Now when I put the disc in the disc drive it works all fine. It's only when I click to Install XP it begins to mess up and I hear a clicking in the disc drive. The installation pretty much freezes after that until eventually it shows that issue shown above.

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February 27, 2011 at 06:27:03
There ws no need to format the disk. You could have installed XP Pro over the top of XP Home.

The error indicates a problem the the CD and/or CD drive. Try cleaning the CD and try again.


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February 27, 2011 at 08:13:03
Why did you want XP Pro? Was there a problem with XP Home? Did you need the extra networking components included in XP Pro? Or did you just think it would be better? In many cases, XP Pro will run slower than XP Home due to the extra overhead of the extra features. If you don't actually need these features, there was no need for XP Pro. And why SP2 rather than XP3? You mentioned that you formatted with the Home version - why? You should be using the XP Pro disc to do the partitioning, formatting & installation. Hopefully you downloaded all the necessary device drivers in advance.

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February 27, 2011 at 08:27:43
@StuartS That's what I'm trying to do, I reformated my computer with the Home disc and I'm trying to go over the top with Pro and SP2.

@mickliq yes I occasionally use the extra networking features. I didn't realise it ran slowly than Home though.
I have XP Pro SP2 Full so then I would update to SP3 soon as I have it sorted.
I tried to format with the XP Pro disc but again it started a clicking and was unable to do it. It seems as though the disc may be faulty :S My disc drive seems to work fine with everything else.
I downloaded SP2 and SP3 from my laptop (the one I'm typing from) and put it onto my external harddrive but soon as I connect my external harddrive with my computer it doesn't seem to detect. Which is most likely because I haven't installed the motherboard drivers but I was planning on doing that after I update to Pro.

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February 27, 2011 at 09:42:47
Are you sure the clicking is from the optical drive & not the hard drive? Did you inspect the XP Pro CD for defects?

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February 27, 2011 at 10:03:12
I've just successfully formated my computer with the XP Pro SP2 disc that I bought. But soon as it gets onto actually installing Windows that's when it begins to click and says there is an error and that it's possibly to do with the disc.
The clicking is definitely from the disc drive, it sounds like it's trying to spin but gets stuck but before it formated fine and it spins perfectly.

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February 27, 2011 at 12:18:05
Bit of a long shot... but...

Does this HD have a hidden partition ahead of the actual (designated) c: drive/partition? These days (and certainly for most XP systems of recent past) most pre-installed kit has such a beastie...?

If the kit is a laptop (or just as likely a desktop) with OS already installed etc. when delivered - and with recovery partiton as part fo the configuration... this may be the cause of your problem...

If you have a recovery partition (and maybe even an actual recovery/restore disk) then restore/rebuild the basic system as was that way (i.e. by using the hidden partition option or the recovery disk). Then simply install Pro over it - from within the OS when booted up; or via a standard CD boot option.

Worth a try?

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February 27, 2011 at 12:41:37
Nope there isn't any hidden partition as I've deleted everything and then created a new partition to format.

I think it's most likely the actual disc. Is there anywhere that will provide everything which is on my disc so then I burn it onto a new disc and see if it works?

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February 27, 2011 at 16:14:39
mmm... Can you explain that a little more? What exactly do you wish to do - copy the drive as is? From what you write above already it would appear you have reformatted the drive - thus losing everything that "was" there previously?

Incidentally how did you delete everything? If there was a hidden partition it may actually be there still...

What kind of system/kit is this - laptop or desktop; and make/model etc. too?

Incidentally you appear to say that the HD etc. is OK and work (boots/runs etc.?) OK - until you try to do an upgrade to Pro? Is this correct?

Likewise if the immediate above is correct - i.e. the system will run OK etc... - then try an upgrade to Pro from within the Home OS itself, not via CD boot.

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February 27, 2011 at 16:49:16
mister blond: I have the same problem with the noise in the external dvd/cd.and with going from win home to pro.I have 2 Pro discs both new one Dell OS, the other is microsoft new just opened, because dell dics did what you speak of. I however got the install to load to the point of the screen saying starting windows,then it locks then comes up with a hard error.

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February 27, 2011 at 17:03:35
@Trvlr I think you're miss understanding me. Hard drive is reformated. I was wondering if it was the XP Pro SP2 Full Disc that I have that is the problem. So I was wondering is there anywhere on the web that could provide me with the necessary files which are on disc so I can make my own disc to see if it is the disc or the disc drive.

It's a desktop computer

Yes the hard drive seems to work fine all the time. When I try to install XP Pro from my disc it runs fine until I actually click for it to begin the install process. At this point within the disc drive it begins to click and then it comes up with the issue above. This also happened when I reformated with this disc, it formated fine but when it came to install XP Pro process it failed.

I'm using an old XP Home disc to successfully reformat. Unfortunately I don't have the CD Key for this so that's why I bought XP Pro SP2 FULL. Unfortunately the XP Pro disc doesn't seem to be able to install XP Pro.

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February 27, 2011 at 18:08:14
This is a source, not a destination, issue. The destination drive doesn't give a hoot whether a file is of Windows or not.

Here's what I would do:
chkdsk /r on the hard drive.
wash the installation CD if it's not new.
make sure the lens on the optical drive is clean.

If that doesn't do it my guess is the obvious - you have a defective installation disk. It happens. I got one for office 03, and nothing I could do would make it work.

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February 28, 2011 at 03:29:59
It does sound a little like it's the cd - but it may not be...

Cleaning the cd/dvd lens would be a wise move. It may be that the alignment is "eve so slightly" out on the player; it may be the recorder/duplicator was "eva so slightly" out too - in other words compatability between a recorder and a play alignment (although seldom happens these days). Possibly a bad batch of cds used to make the copy you have. Might also be the (quality of the) media itself - although with M$ supplies I doubt this is the case - but who knows (only The Shadow)...

I have two cds (one a replacement for the other) with software (drivers etc.) from a well known hardware supplier; neither will play in the drive on my Acer Aspire - but both are fine in an external Liteon unit!

If you have an external cd/dvd unit, try installing Pro via that (from within Home booted up)?

If the disk you have is a legit copy - M$ logo etc... either contact vendor for a replacement disk; or - even better perhaps - contact M$ directly. If you have a genuine/valid COA etc. they will possibly replace the disk for a wee sum? Worth to try regardless?

Can you copy the Pro disk to the HD and run installation from there; again via Home boot up?

Going back to the clicking sounds when running setup from this CD - presumably via a cd boot... Does it happen if run from within Home booted up too?

Likewise another "very long" shot.. RAM may be an issue here. From the early days of NT onwards RAM that is less than purrfekt has coughed up errors to the effect that a file or series of files cannot be copied/loaded etc. during setup. A message appears implying it may be a problem with either source or destination disk/drive etc. It took a NT users a we while to get across this issue and it still applies today. RAM may be OK for/in many aspects/respects but may be failing etc. in some way and the setup shows it up.

Having had this RAM issue in the past; and others here too - many posts here about it for NT, W2k and XP...; they are all RAM critical... Many 'similar postings on other forums/fora too. It was Swedish a NT-pro who put me onto it in '98 - an age ago - and it applies still... I suspect even more so with now Win-7 as it did with Vista too.

Reduce RAM to single stick; min of 128Meg. Try each in turn, and if possible a known to be good/OK stick too... If problem persists likely it's not RAM...

Been a while since I had the issue, so can't recall if there was evident "clicking" or nor from cd/dvd drive at the time. I suspect there was something to that effect nonetheless.

Incidentally... if you were view to Pro cd contents via Explorer from Home boot up... can you read all of it OK? And likewise if you were scan it (virus scan) does that proceed OK to the end? If so... then it would appear to suggest the disk is actually OK? Try this with both the Home system and your laptop.

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