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Upgrading Win2000 to WinXP HOME??

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saltek

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#1
Hi,

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,

Steve
 
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stuy_b

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#2
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.
 
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Jason Roberts

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#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.
 
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bruce_ers00

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#5
"As you know, we no longer get OS CDs but restore CDs with our PCs"
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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.
 
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saltek

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#6
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!

Steve
 
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vdubVR6

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#7
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
 
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bruce_ers00

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#8
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
 

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