Upgrading Win2000 to WinXP HOME??

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by saltek, Sep 22, 2002.

  1. saltek

    saltek Guest


    Windows ME came installed on my year old Compaq PC. I immediately installed Win2000 on it for obvious reasons. I subsequently purchased the WinXP Home upgrade through Compaq. As you know, we no longer get OS CDs but restore CDs with our PCs. I'd like to 3 boot Win XP Home with Win2000 and my Mandrake Linux installation.

    Is there a way or bypass that will allow me to install WinXP Home with Windows 2000 instead of me having to find a 98 or ME CD ? (Assuming it will ask for the CD.)

    Remember, I own this software, and have Win2000 on only one PC.

    I'm just trying to prevent a lot of leg work!!

    Thanks for your time,

  2. stuy_b

    stuy_b Guest

    XP home can upgrade from 95/98/98se/ME not 2000

    Only way round it is to do fresh install, but as you only have upgrade, i dunno if that would work, as far as im aware.
  3. yoyo

    yoyo _________________

    Probably no way other than getting a 98/Me (not 95) disk.
  4. You will HAVE to provide a previous canditdite operating system (windows Me, XP home does not support installing on windows 2000).

    Just swap the XP CD with the Windows ME CD when asked.
  5. bruce_ers00

    bruce_ers00 Guest

    "As you know, we no longer get OS CDs but restore CDs with our PCs"
    I think the concern is that Compaq does not provide an OS CD to use as a "candidate" for the upgrade. However, the restore CDs have the actual OS install files on them. Steve, when installing XP when it asks you for a valid candidate insert your restore CD and the XP install should find what it needs.
  6. saltek

    saltek Guest

    I think that's the way. I thougth there might be a bypass like there was with previous versions. I've got NT, 2000 but I haven't had a Win98 CD for years! As long as it picks up the files on the restore disk, I'll be fine!

    Thanks for your time and help!

  7. vdubVR6

    vdubVR6 Guest

    Don't know why this works (never seen it happen b4), but for some reason when I went to install xp home (upgrade) it didnt work bc i was upgrading win2k, so just for the hell of it I tried anyway's and..... badda bing badda boom, I could do a full "clean install" of windows xp home!!! give it a try see if it works for you!!, I'm wondering if it's just my friend's cd or if MS has changed the way there disk(s) are set up. Becouse it is a legit UPGRADE cd, of XP home. So just restart your pc with xp home in it and see if it lets you do a full install aswell.:D
  8. bruce_ers00

    bruce_ers00 Guest

    I've run this test three times, each time it get's faster (could this be a good sign?) ha-ha!

    1.8 megabits per second
    215.8 kilobytes per second
    1MB file download 4.7 seconds
  9. bruce_ers00

    bruce_ers00 Guest