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Old Oct 22, 2007, 07:00 PM
Dycedarq Dycedarq is offline
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Default Unable to install Windows XP onto new Laptop Hard drive

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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
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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?
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Old Oct 23, 2007, 09:23 PM
chandler68 chandler68 is offline
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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.

colin.
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Old Oct 30, 2007, 05:10 PM
Insomniac Insomniac is offline
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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.
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