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Installing XP over 2000

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by visaggio, Jul 22, 2006.

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  1. visaggio

    visaggio Thread Starter

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    Just got a computer given to me from work. It has windows 2000 installed on it, but i would rather have Widows XP. When i try to install XP using my install disk i get the error message:

    "Setup cannot upgrade your current installation to Windows XP. Your current installation of Windows is not a supperted upgrade path."

    What does this mean and what should i do about it?
     
  2. ozrom1e

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    What kind of installation disk do you have?

    Is it a legal version of Windows XP?

    Is it an upgrade disk or a full installation sdisk?
     
  3. Old Rich

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    Sounds like you are trying to upgrade win2000 Pro to XP Home . . that will not work . . you will have to do a clean install of XP Home to get there
     
  4. visaggio

    visaggio Thread Starter

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    I'm using a full installation disk that came with my last computer..

    How do i do a clean install of XP as opposed to an upgrade?
     
  5. Old Rich

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    Enter BIOS ( Setup ) and set the first boot device as CD/ROM. Put your XP Disc in the drive and disconnect all external peripherals except the monitor, keyboard and mouse, and be sure those are not USB, or wireless. Any internal USB card should also be removed.

    Once you set your BIOS to boot first from cd . . when it restarts you will see a black screen with a prompt "Press any key to boot from CD" . . do that and you will be able to delete partitions and recreate one or more, then proceed to formating and installing XP.

    That message can pass quickly, so have a finger on the keyboard when you boot. This will delete all data on the drive so be sure you have your important data backed up. The prompt will appear after every reboot, but do not press any key on subsequent reboots. The setup process will continue with no action required from you.

    If you do not get that message, and you have another optical drive, try the XP CD in the other drive.

    This is a site that walks you thru a simulated XP installation:
    http://www.echoproject.net/en/software/catalog.html

    These are good guides to reinstalling XP . . you might want to print one for reference during the install.

    http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sg_clean.asp
    http://www.socrtwo.info/cleanxpinstall.htm
    http://www.theeldergeek.com/xp_home_install_-_graphic.htm

    You will likely have to reload drivers (Chipset first) and applications, If your XP installation disc does not include SP2, after the installation, you will need to download and install SP-2, while windows is clean. Prior to connecting to the internet be sure you enable the XP firewall.

    If you want to save your files and settings, you can use the XP Files and Settings Transfer (FAST) wizard to create an image of them and save to cd or other removable media. These are good guides to using the FAST wizard. Just be sure you have an up-to-date antivirus before you re-instate them!

    http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sg_fstw.asp
    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_repair_install.htm
     
  6. sockey99

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    Here is another option. Since XP Home is not considered a superior replacement to 2000 Pro (by Microsoft) you run into the problem you have now.
    I have erased 2000 Pro from the HDD by using a Win98 start-up fpy. From the Dos prompt
    run Fdisk to delete old partitions and then re-install new partitions. then reformat the drive by running from the Dos prompt "format c:",no quotes.
    You can now boot from the XP CD and install XP. When format part of the install appears, select NFTS file format, and a complete/full format, not quick.
    Any questions.
     
  7. Old Rich

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    You do not need fdisc to delete partitions or format . . the XP install disc will do all that for you.
     
  8. visaggio

    visaggio Thread Starter

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    OK, that did the trick! XP is installed and working great, thank you

    I do however have another question. If i wanted to make a copy of the IE favorites and put it on the new comuter, how would i do this?
     
  9. Old Rich

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    You can use the import/export feature in IE . . Click on File . . Import and Export and follow the wizard
     
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