Solved: Windows XP Setup does not support upgrading from Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional

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Bluetiger0990

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I am trying to install XP on my 2000 but it says: Windows XP Setup does not support upgrading from Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional to Microsoft Windows XP Professional.
Setup cannot continue.

Do i have to reformat my HD?
Do i have to reinstall everything on my HD some stuff i dont have the cd any more.
Like Office 2003
Thanks
 

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Are you sure you are using xp pro and not home version? Win2k to xp pro is a supported upgrade however I really would do a clean install of any os. IMO upgrades are problematic at best.
 

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If i do a clean install does that mean that i have to reformat the HD?
Would i loose all my software?
 

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It says that it is Windows XP pro on the cd.

"Windows XP Setup does not support upgrading from Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional to Microsoft Windows XP Professional.
Setup cannot continue."
---Is what the error msg said
 

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Something is wrong because this mskb article shows you can upgrade win2k>xp pro. Are both win2k AND the xp cd regular retail MS versions or is one or both OEM or pre-installed?
 

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Bluetiger0990 said:
If i do a clean install does that mean that i have to reformat the HD?
Would i loose all my software?
Yes. That is why you backup any important data before you do an install OR attempt an upgrade.
 
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Bluetiger0990 said:
Do i have to reformat my HD?
Do i have to reinstall everything on my HD some stuff i dont have the cd any more.
Like Office 2003
Given the sizes of hard drives these days, I recommend copying the contents of all software you want to install to a the hard drive. You can put them under a general directly like INSTALL. So there would be INSTALL\Office2003 in this case. Then if you lose the CD, you can at least use what is already on your hard drive. It's also very easy to apply all the service pack updates to things like Office so you don't need to do it after the install. You can also have Office automatically insert the product ID as well.
 

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I upgraded to XP Pro service pack 1. How would i go about upgrading to SP2 i have the cd.
 
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Bluetiger0990 said:
I upgraded to XP Pro service pack 1. How would i go about upgrading to SP2 i have the cd.
If you have the SP2 CD, then just insert it and run the update.
 
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