Can't install XP Professional Upgrade - PLEASE HELP!



AWA
07-09-2005, 11:56 PM
Hello (again to some), I have the Windows XP UPGRADE CD, and it clearly
states in the text that came with the CD that if I do NOT have an operating
system installed on the computer I want to install XP Pro on, that I CAN use
this CD. Well, after reformatting the hard drive of a computer, I decided I
wanted to install XP Professional using ths particular CD. It made it all
the way up to agreeing to terms and conditions and "Insert CD" (from DOS of
course), but when I did, it saidthe CD was invalid or it could not read it.
Man, XP is kiilling me, fast. Please help! thank you.

Ken Blake
07-09-2005, 11:56 PM
In news:8AC32830-4F13-44FD-AD6D-6E61724F2623@microsoft.com,
AWA <AWA@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:

> Hello (again to some), I have the Windows XP UPGRADE CD, and it
> clearly states in the text that came with the CD that if I do
> NOT
> have an operating system installed on the computer I want to
> install
> XP Pro on, that I CAN use this CD.


You can, as long as you have a CD from a qualifying product
(Windows 95, 98, Me, NT4, or 2000) to insert as proof of
ownership.


> Well, after reformatting the hard
> drive of a computer, I decided I wanted to install XP
> Professional
> using ths particular CD. It made it all the way up to agreeing
> to
> terms and conditions and "Insert CD" (from DOS of course), but
> when I
> did, it saidthe CD was invalid or it could not read it.


What CD did you insert? It needs to be an installation CD (not a
restore CD) of one of the types enumerated above. If yours is a
restore CD, write back for more instructions.

--
Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
Please reply to the newsgroup


> Man, XP is
> kiilling me, fast. Please help! thank you.

Carey Frisch [MVP]
07-09-2005, 11:56 PM
You need to insert an old Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME or 2000 CD
to insert in the CD drive. Otherwise, you cannot perform a clean install
since you do not have a qualifying previous Windows CD. In that case,
you'll need a "Full Version" and not an "Upgrade Version" of Windows XP.

Clean Install Windows XP
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

--
Carey Frisch
Microsoft MVP
Windows XP - Shell/User
Microsoft Newsgroups

Get Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies:
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/windowsxp/choose.mspx

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"AWA" wrote:

| Hello (again to some), I have the Windows XP UPGRADE CD, and it clearly
| states in the text that came with the CD that if I do NOT have an operating
| system installed on the computer I want to install XP Pro on, that I CAN use
| this CD. Well, after reformatting the hard drive of a computer, I decided I
| wanted to install XP Professional using ths particular CD. It made it all
| the way up to agreeing to terms and conditions and "Insert CD" (from DOS of
| course), but when I did, it saidthe CD was invalid or it could not read it.
| Man, XP is kiilling me, fast. Please help! thank you.

Yves Leclerc
07-09-2005, 11:56 PM
You need to have an original working Microsoft Windows 98,98SE or ME
install CD in order for the upgrade to be able to check CD. If you have a
recovery CD then that version of Windows needs to be installed first.

Windows 2000 Pro install CD can only be used during an upgrade to XP PRo.
XP Home does/will not "upgrade" from 2000 Pro.


"AWA" <AWA@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:8AC32830-4F13-44FD-AD6D-6E61724F2623@microsoft.com...
> Hello (again to some), I have the Windows XP UPGRADE CD, and it clearly
> states in the text that came with the CD that if I do NOT have an
> operating
> system installed on the computer I want to install XP Pro on, that I CAN
> use
> this CD. Well, after reformatting the hard drive of a computer, I decided
> I
> wanted to install XP Professional using ths particular CD. It made it all
> the way up to agreeing to terms and conditions and "Insert CD" (from DOS
> of
> course), but when I did, it saidthe CD was invalid or it could not read
> it.
> Man, XP is kiilling me, fast. Please help! thank you.

Tim Slattery
07-09-2005, 11:56 PM
AWA <AWA@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

>Hello (again to some), I have the Windows XP UPGRADE CD, and it clearly
>states in the text that came with the CD that if I do NOT have an operating
>system installed on the computer I want to install XP Pro on, that I CAN use
>this CD.

That's true, but somewhere in the installation you'll be asked to
insert the disk of a qualifying system. A Win98, Win98SE, Win95, or
Win2000 disk will work here.


>Well, after reformatting the hard drive of a computer, I decided I
>wanted to install XP Professional using ths particular CD. It made it all
>the way up to agreeing to terms and conditions and "Insert CD" (from DOS of
>course), but when I did, it saidthe CD was invalid or it could not read it.
>Man, XP is kiilling me, fast.

Don't quite understand this. It seems it was already reading the
install CD and running the installation routine. Exactly what was the
prompt? What CD did you put in? Exactly what was the error message?

--
Tim Slattery
MS MVP(DTS)
Slattery_T@bls.gov

AWA
07-09-2005, 11:56 PM
Thank you for clearing that up!!!! :-)
"Ken Blake" wrote:

> In news:8AC32830-4F13-44FD-AD6D-6E61724F2623@microsoft.com,
> AWA <AWA@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
>
> > Hello (again to some), I have the Windows XP UPGRADE CD, and it
> > clearly states in the text that came with the CD that if I do
> > NOT
> > have an operating system installed on the computer I want to
> > install
> > XP Pro on, that I CAN use this CD.
>
>
> You can, as long as you have a CD from a qualifying product
> (Windows 95, 98, Me, NT4, or 2000) to insert as proof of
> ownership.
>
>
> > Well, after reformatting the hard
> > drive of a computer, I decided I wanted to install XP
> > Professional
> > using ths particular CD. It made it all the way up to agreeing
> > to
> > terms and conditions and "Insert CD" (from DOS of course), but
> > when I
> > did, it saidthe CD was invalid or it could not read it.
>
>
> What CD did you insert? It needs to be an installation CD (not a
> restore CD) of one of the types enumerated above. If yours is a
> restore CD, write back for more instructions.
>
> --
> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
> Please reply to the newsgroup
>
>
> > Man, XP is
> > kiilling me, fast. Please help! thank you.
>
>
>

AWA
07-09-2005, 11:56 PM
Thank you for clearing that up!!!! :-)

"Carey Frisch [MVP]" wrote:

> You need to insert an old Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME or 2000 CD
> to insert in the CD drive. Otherwise, you cannot perform a clean install
> since you do not have a qualifying previous Windows CD. In that case,
> you'll need a "Full Version" and not an "Upgrade Version" of Windows XP.
>
> Clean Install Windows XP
> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html
>
> --
> Carey Frisch
> Microsoft MVP
> Windows XP - Shell/User
> Microsoft Newsgroups
>
> Get Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies:
> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/windowsxp/choose.mspx
>
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> "AWA" wrote:
>
> | Hello (again to some), I have the Windows XP UPGRADE CD, and it clearly
> | states in the text that came with the CD that if I do NOT have an operating
> | system installed on the computer I want to install XP Pro on, that I CAN use
> | this CD. Well, after reformatting the hard drive of a computer, I decided I
> | wanted to install XP Professional using ths particular CD. It made it all
> | the way up to agreeing to terms and conditions and "Insert CD" (from DOS of
> | course), but when I did, it saidthe CD was invalid or it could not read it.
> | Man, XP is kiilling me, fast. Please help! thank you.
>

Ken Blake
07-09-2005, 11:56 PM
In news:86024712-5DBB-478F-A390-85D01545340F@microsoft.com,
AWA <AWA@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:

> Thank you for clearing that up!!!! :-)


You're welcome. Glad to help.

--
Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
Please reply to the newsgroup


> "Ken Blake" wrote:
>
>> In news:8AC32830-4F13-44FD-AD6D-6E61724F2623@microsoft.com,
>> AWA <AWA@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
>>
>>> Hello (again to some), I have the Windows XP UPGRADE CD, and
>>> it
>>> clearly states in the text that came with the CD that if I do
>>> NOT
>>> have an operating system installed on the computer I want to
>>> install
>>> XP Pro on, that I CAN use this CD.
>>
>>
>> You can, as long as you have a CD from a qualifying product
>> (Windows 95, 98, Me, NT4, or 2000) to insert as proof of
>> ownership.
>>
>>
>>> Well, after reformatting the hard
>>> drive of a computer, I decided I wanted to install XP
>>> Professional
>>> using ths particular CD. It made it all the way up to
>>> agreeing
>>> to
>>> terms and conditions and "Insert CD" (from DOS of course),
>>> but
>>> when I
>>> did, it saidthe CD was invalid or it could not read it.
>>
>>
>> What CD did you insert? It needs to be an installation CD (not
>> a
>> restore CD) of one of the types enumerated above. If yours is
>> a
>> restore CD, write back for more instructions.
>>
>> --
>> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
>> Please reply to the newsgroup
>>
>>
>>> Man, XP is
>>> kiilling me, fast. Please help! thank you.

Donald McDaniel
07-09-2005, 11:56 PM
On Thu, 2 Jun 2005 15:15:44 -0500, "Carey Frisch [MVP]"
<cnfrisch@nospamgmail.com> wrote:

>You need to insert an old Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME or 2000 CD
>to insert in the CD drive. Otherwise, you cannot perform a clean install
>since you do not have a qualifying previous Windows CD. In that case,
>you'll need a "Full Version" and not an "Upgrade Version" of Windows XP.
>
>Clean Install Windows XP
>http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

Of course, you could reinstall the older version of Windows, then use
the XP installer disc to begin a clean install of XP. IF there is a
previous version of XP on the HD, you will be able to delete all
partitions, then create a new partition for XP and install it there.

You will not be asked for a disk from a previous qualifying version of
Windows if there was a version of Windows on the HD when you started
the XP installer. This previous installation of Windows could even be
a version of XP. All that matters is that there is an installation of
Windows 98/98se/ME/NT4.1+/2000/XP Home/Pro already on the HD when you
boot with the XP install disc.


Donald L McDaniel
Please reply to the original thread
so that others may be instructed or informed
============================================

AWA
07-09-2005, 11:57 PM
In the middle of my installation, when it was finalizing things, the entire
screen went black and I had to hard boot and start all over again. I am
afraid this may happen again - what happened, what do I do?

desperate

"Donald McDaniel" wrote:

> On Thu, 2 Jun 2005 15:15:44 -0500, "Carey Frisch [MVP]"
> <cnfrisch@nospamgmail.com> wrote:
>
> >You need to insert an old Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME or 2000 CD
> >to insert in the CD drive. Otherwise, you cannot perform a clean install
> >since you do not have a qualifying previous Windows CD. In that case,
> >you'll need a "Full Version" and not an "Upgrade Version" of Windows XP.
> >
> >Clean Install Windows XP
> >http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html
>
> Of course, you could reinstall the older version of Windows, then use
> the XP installer disc to begin a clean install of XP. IF there is a
> previous version of XP on the HD, you will be able to delete all
> partitions, then create a new partition for XP and install it there.
>
> You will not be asked for a disk from a previous qualifying version of
> Windows if there was a version of Windows on the HD when you started
> the XP installer. This previous installation of Windows could even be
> a version of XP. All that matters is that there is an installation of
> Windows 98/98se/ME/NT4.1+/2000/XP Home/Pro already on the HD when you
> boot with the XP install disc.
>
>
> Donald L McDaniel
> Please reply to the original thread
> so that others may be instructed or informed
> ============================================
>

AWA
07-09-2005, 11:57 PM
In the middle of my installation, when it was finalizing things, the entire
screen went black and I had to hard boot and start all over again. I am
afraid this may happen again - what happened, what do I do?

desperate

"Carey Frisch [MVP]" wrote:

> You need to insert an old Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME or 2000 CD
> to insert in the CD drive. Otherwise, you cannot perform a clean install
> since you do not have a qualifying previous Windows CD. In that case,
> you'll need a "Full Version" and not an "Upgrade Version" of Windows XP.
>
> Clean Install Windows XP
> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html
>
> --
> Carey Frisch
> Microsoft MVP
> Windows XP - Shell/User
> Microsoft Newsgroups
>
> Get Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies:
> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/windowsxp/choose.mspx
>
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> "AWA" wrote:
>
> | Hello (again to some), I have the Windows XP UPGRADE CD, and it clearly
> | states in the text that came with the CD that if I do NOT have an operating
> | system installed on the computer I want to install XP Pro on, that I CAN use
> | this CD. Well, after reformatting the hard drive of a computer, I decided I
> | wanted to install XP Professional using ths particular CD. It made it all
> | the way up to agreeing to terms and conditions and "Insert CD" (from DOS of
> | course), but when I did, it saidthe CD was invalid or it could not read it.
> | Man, XP is kiilling me, fast. Please help! thank you.
>

AWA
07-09-2005, 11:57 PM
In the middle of my installation, when it was finalizing things, the entire
screen went black and I had to hard boot and start all over again. I am
afraid this may happen again - what happened, what do I do?

desperate


"Ken Blake" wrote:

> In news:86024712-5DBB-478F-A390-85D01545340F@microsoft.com,
> AWA <AWA@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
>
> > Thank you for clearing that up!!!! :-)
>
>
> You're welcome. Glad to help.
>
> --
> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
> Please reply to the newsgroup
>
>
> > "Ken Blake" wrote:
> >
> >> In news:8AC32830-4F13-44FD-AD6D-6E61724F2623@microsoft.com,
> >> AWA <AWA@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
> >>
> >>> Hello (again to some), I have the Windows XP UPGRADE CD, and
> >>> it
> >>> clearly states in the text that came with the CD that if I do
> >>> NOT
> >>> have an operating system installed on the computer I want to
> >>> install
> >>> XP Pro on, that I CAN use this CD.
> >>
> >>
> >> You can, as long as you have a CD from a qualifying product
> >> (Windows 95, 98, Me, NT4, or 2000) to insert as proof of
> >> ownership.
> >>
> >>
> >>> Well, after reformatting the hard
> >>> drive of a computer, I decided I wanted to install XP
> >>> Professional
> >>> using ths particular CD. It made it all the way up to
> >>> agreeing
> >>> to
> >>> terms and conditions and "Insert CD" (from DOS of course),
> >>> but
> >>> when I
> >>> did, it saidthe CD was invalid or it could not read it.
> >>
> >>
> >> What CD did you insert? It needs to be an installation CD (not
> >> a
> >> restore CD) of one of the types enumerated above. If yours is
> >> a
> >> restore CD, write back for more instructions.
> >>
> >> --
> >> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
> >> Please reply to the newsgroup
> >>
> >>
> >>> Man, XP is
> >>> kiilling me, fast. Please help! thank you.
>
>
>

AWA
07-09-2005, 11:57 PM
It went balck again!

"Carey Frisch [MVP]" wrote:

> You need to insert an old Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME or 2000 CD
> to insert in the CD drive. Otherwise, you cannot perform a clean install
> since you do not have a qualifying previous Windows CD. In that case,
> you'll need a "Full Version" and not an "Upgrade Version" of Windows XP.
>
> Clean Install Windows XP
> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html
>
> --
> Carey Frisch
> Microsoft MVP
> Windows XP - Shell/User
> Microsoft Newsgroups
>
> Get Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies:
> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/windowsxp/choose.mspx
>
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> "AWA" wrote:
>
> | Hello (again to some), I have the Windows XP UPGRADE CD, and it clearly
> | states in the text that came with the CD that if I do NOT have an operating
> | system installed on the computer I want to install XP Pro on, that I CAN use
> | this CD. Well, after reformatting the hard drive of a computer, I decided I
> | wanted to install XP Professional using ths particular CD. It made it all
> | the way up to agreeing to terms and conditions and "Insert CD" (from DOS of
> | course), but when I did, it saidthe CD was invalid or it could not read it.
> | Man, XP is kiilling me, fast. Please help! thank you.
>

Donald McDaniel
07-09-2005, 11:57 PM
On Fri, 3 Jun 2005 08:22:03 -0700, AWA <AWA@discussions.microsoft.com>
wrote:


>
>"Donald McDaniel" wrote:
>
>> On Thu, 2 Jun 2005 15:15:44 -0500, "Carey Frisch [MVP]"
>> <cnfrisch@nospamgmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> >You need to insert an old Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME or 2000 CD
>> >to insert in the CD drive. Otherwise, you cannot perform a clean install
>> >since you do not have a qualifying previous Windows CD. In that case,
>> >you'll need a "Full Version" and not an "Upgrade Version" of Windows XP.
>> >
>> >Clean Install Windows XP
>> >http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html
>>
>> Of course, you could reinstall the older version of Windows, then use
>> the XP installer disc to begin a clean install of XP. IF there is a
>> previous version of XP on the HD, you will be able to delete all
>> partitions, then create a new partition for XP and install it there.
>>
>> You will not be asked for a disk from a previous qualifying version of
>> Windows if there was a version of Windows on the HD when you started
>> the XP installer. This previous installation of Windows could even be
>> a version of XP. All that matters is that there is an installation of
>> Windows 98/98se/ME/NT4.1+/2000/XP Home/Pro already on the HD when you
>> boot with the XP install disc.
>>
>>
>> Donald L McDaniel
>> Please reply to the original thread
>> so that others may be instructed or informed
>> ============================================
>>

>In the middle of my installation, when it was finalizing things, the entire
>screen went black and I had to hard boot and start all over again. I am
>afraid this may happen again - what happened, what do I do?
>
>desperate

You probably ran up against a hardware limitation, such as a video or
sound card which XP had no driver for, or a dirty HD, or hardware
which is not powerful enough for XP, or one or more defective memory
sticks.

Make sure you run the compatibility wizard before attempting to
upgrade your machine with a very strict OS (XP).


Donald L McDaniel
Please reply to the original thread
so that others may be instructed or informed
============================================

Andrew Murray
07-10-2005, 12:24 AM
Not Win95 - XP won't upgrade from that!

"Carey Frisch [MVP]" <cnfrisch@nospamgmail.com> wrote in message
news:%23Y1ch$6ZFHA.616@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
> You need to insert an old Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME or 2000 CD
> to insert in the CD drive. Otherwise, you cannot perform a clean install
> since you do not have a qualifying previous Windows CD. In that case,
> you'll need a "Full Version" and not an "Upgrade Version" of Windows XP.
>
> Clean Install Windows XP
> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html
>
> --
> Carey Frisch
> Microsoft MVP
> Windows XP - Shell/User
> Microsoft Newsgroups
>
> Get Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies:
> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/windowsxp/choose.mspx
>
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> "AWA" wrote:
>
> | Hello (again to some), I have the Windows XP UPGRADE CD, and it clearly
> | states in the text that came with the CD that if I do NOT have an
> operating
> | system installed on the computer I want to install XP Pro on, that I CAN
> use
> | this CD. Well, after reformatting the hard drive of a computer, I
> decided I
> | wanted to install XP Professional using ths particular CD. It made it
> all
> | the way up to agreeing to terms and conditions and "Insert CD" (from DOS
> of
> | course), but when I did, it saidthe CD was invalid or it could not read
> it.
> | Man, XP is kiilling me, fast. Please help! thank you.

Tim Slattery
07-10-2005, 12:24 AM
"Andrew Murray" <Noadmurray@SPAMiinet.net.au> wrote:

>Not Win95 - XP won't upgrade from that!

Yes it will. XP won't upgrade an existing Win95 system, but when the
Upgrade CD asks for proof of a qualifying OS, it will accept a Win95
CD.

--
Tim Slattery
MS MVP(DTS)
Slattery_T@bls.gov

Ken Blake
07-10-2005, 12:24 AM
In
news:42b92f74$0$27712$5a62ac22@per-qv1-newsreader-01.iinet.net.au,
Andrew Murray <Noadmurray@SPAMiinet.net.au> typed:

> Not Win95 - XP won't upgrade from that!


Sorry, that's *not* correct. What Carey says below is right.
Although you can not upgrade over the top of a Windows 95
installation, you *can* use a Windows 95 CD as proof of a
previous version when doing a clean installation with an Upgrade
version.

--
Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
Please reply to the newsgroup


>
> "Carey Frisch [MVP]" <cnfrisch@nospamgmail.com> wrote in
> message
> news:%23Y1ch$6ZFHA.616@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
>> You need to insert an old Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME or 2000
>> CD
>> to insert in the CD drive. Otherwise, you cannot perform a
>> clean
>> install since you do not have a qualifying previous Windows
>> CD. In
>> that case, you'll need a "Full Version" and not an "Upgrade
>> Version"
>> of Windows XP. Clean Install Windows XP
>> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html
>>
>> --
>> Carey Frisch
>> Microsoft MVP
>> Windows XP - Shell/User
>> Microsoft Newsgroups
>>
>> Get Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security
>> Technologies:
>> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/windowsxp/choose.mspx
>>
>> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>>
>> "AWA" wrote:
>>
>>> Hello (again to some), I have the Windows XP UPGRADE CD, and
>>> it
>>> clearly states in the text that came with the CD that if I do
>>> NOT
>>> have an operating system installed on the computer I want to
>>> install XP Pro on, that I CAN use this CD. Well, after
>>> reformatting the hard drive of a computer, I decided I wanted
>>> to
>>> install XP Professional using ths particular CD. It made it
>>> all
>>> the way up to agreeing to terms and conditions and "Insert
>>> CD"
>>> (from DOS of course), but when I did, it saidthe CD was
>>> invalid or
>>> it could not read it. Man, XP is kiilling me, fast. Please
>>> help! thank you.


Can't install XP Professional Upgrade - PLEASE HELP!