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Solved: Can't install Windows XP SP1

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by mnemanic, Jul 25, 2006.

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  1. mnemanic

    mnemanic Thread Starter

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    Setup cannot continue because the version of Windows on your computer is newer than the version on the CD.
    http://www.icervasoftware.ca/Home/Images/SP2Downgrade1.JPG
    This is the message i get.
    Probably i need to uninstall my SP2 on my current Windows but i can't see it in Add or Remove Programs. I can't boot it. I tryed bios tricks.
    How to remove my SP2 or how to install Windows xp SP1 ?
     
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  3. mnemanic

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    I can't boot and i can't make it start the installation, how can i repair if i can't start it ?
    And i can install more windows on same or other partitions, done that in past but i can install new windows now because of SP2 cause windows doesn't let me cause...what i posted
     
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    What you do is remove the hard drive from this computer and install it into another computer as a slave drive and access it using a file manager and then backup all of your important data manually to another media like CD-r's or DVD. Then return it to the original computer as a master drive and then do full format and re-installation of Windows, service pack 2 and updates and all programs.

    Microsoft KB - How to perform a clean boot in Windows XP
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;310353
     
  5. Rich-M

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    Maybe you missed the url I posted in there...I'll put it here again for you to read actually:

    http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
     
  6. Bob Cerelli

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    To do a repair install:

    1. Insert and boot from your WindowsXP CD
    2. At the second R=Repair option, press the R key
    3. This will start the repair
    4. Press F8 for I Agree at the Licensing Agreement
    5. Press R when the directory where WindowsXP is installed is shown. Typically this is C:\WINDOWS
    6. It will then check the C: drive and start copying files
    7. It will automatically reboot when needed. Keep the CD in the drive.
    8. You will then see the graphic part of the repair that is like during a normal install of XP (Collecting Information, Dynamic Update, Preparing Installation, Installing Windows, Finalizing Installation)
    9. When prompted, click on the Next button
    10. When prompted, enter your XP key
    11. Normally you will want to keep the same Workgroup or Domain name
    12. The computer will reboot
    13. Then you will have the same screens as a normal XP Install
    14. Activate if prompted
    15. Register if you want (but not necessary)
    16. Finish
    17. At this point you should be able to log in with any existing accounts.

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    But what is the problem that is making you do this in the first place?
     
  7. mnemanic

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    i can't boot my windows xp cd
     
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    Why are you trying to install Windows XP SP1 when you already have Windows XP SP2 installed?
     
  9. Bob Cerelli

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    Can you boot with any XP CD or any CD at all. It may just be a problem with that particular XP CD.

    Another option might be to create the set of floppy disks.
     
  10. mnemanic

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    Cause i want to install a fresh windows
     
  11. Bob Cerelli

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    How was XP originally installed if you can't boot from the CD?

    Also, does the CD boot in another computer? Trying to determine if the problem is with the CD or the computer.
     
  12. mnemanic

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    i installed sp2 with my windows xp sp2 cd and now i can't install my other windows xp sp1 cd
     
  13. Bob Cerelli

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    If you installed XP with a CD that already as SP2 on it, why not use the same CD again.
     
  14. mnemanic

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    Cause the cd is damaged and i can't
     
  15. Bob Cerelli

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    Knowing that the CD is damaged would have been good to know right from the start.

    So you have two CD's.
    You can't boot to either one.

    Now what about the rest of the previous questions:

    But what is the problem that is making you do this in the first place?

    Can you boot with any XP CD or any CD at all. It may just be a problem with that particular XP CD

    Does the CD boot in another computer?
     
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