CDROM-Guide forums

Go Back   CDROM-Guide forums > Main Forums > Open to All Computer Related Topics
FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read
Open   CSec   Data   DevDrv   CoOp   Audio   CDRW   CDG   VCD   DVD   HD DVD   Mac   VGB   PS2   DC   Xbox  

Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old Oct 22, 2007, 08:00 PM
Dycedarq Dycedarq is offline
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 1
Default Unable to install Windows XP onto new Laptop Hard drive

sponsored links
Everything started fine. I inserted my Windows XP Home Edition disk. I got to the welcome to setpup page

Welcome to Setup.

This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft<R>
Wondows<R> XP to run on your computer.

To set up Windows XP now, press ENTER

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

so I hit enter, agree to the end-user agreement, and it goes to this page.

Windows XP Home Edition Setup

Setup cannot find a previous version of Windows installed on your computer.
To continue, Setup needs to verify that you qualify to use this upgrade product.

Please insert one of the following Windows product CDs into the CD-ROM drive: Windows XP Home Edition (full version), Windows XP Professional (full version), Windows 2000 Professional, Windows Millennium, Windows 98, Windows NT Workstation 4.0, Windows 95, or Windows NT Workstation 3.51.

When the CD is in the drive, press ENTER.

To quit Setup, press F3.

I have the disk in the drive, and when I hit enter, it says please wait....

Then I get

Setup could not read the CD you inserted, or the CD is not a valid Windows CD.

The cd is a valid cd, I've used it before to install XP onto my computer.

On the actual disk it has the hologram type of background that the windows xp disk normally shows.

It says Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, with the Genuine tag on it. It says it includes service pack 1. In the upper left hand corner, it says Upgrade, but that shouldn't be a problem...or is it? Do I need another upgrade for my computer? If so, what use was this disk?
Old Oct 23, 2007, 10:23 PM
chandler68 chandler68 is offline
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: england
Posts: 977

An upgrade cd is not a full install disc.

It needs to have a previous version of windows installed such as Win98, to upgrade to XP.

So if your HDD is clean i.e. you have formated it etc, there is nothing for the upgrade disc to identify to upgrade.

You need a FULL XP install disc, unless you install Win98 first and then use the XP update disc to upgrade to XP.

Old Oct 30, 2007, 06:10 PM
Insomniac Insomniac is offline
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Sydney, Australia. Where else would you want to live?
Posts: 5,746

Sorry to jump in here, but an upgrade CD is exactly the same as a full retail CD.

The only difference is that during install it will ask you to insert the Windows 98 CD (or whatever) to prove you qualify for the upgrade.

You can choose to do a full install, or an upgrade, it's up to you but you must qualify first.

So when it asks, all you need to do is remove the upgrade CD, and insert the qualifying CD.

When it finishes checking, put back the upgrade CD and it will continue with the install as normal.

It's a pain in the arse, but that's why upgrade CD's are cheaper.
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:16 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright © 1996-2009 All rights reserved