In need of OS for new HDD/new biuld

Can someone please help me find an XP version to put on a brand new HDD for a new build. I just bought and tried to load Windows 7 Full Version, but apparently full version isn't what I thought it meant.
So, what am I looking for and where can I go ?
Anyone have some links for me?
Thank you so much. :-)
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  1. I wouldn't recommend XP for a new build, but here you go.If you are not in the UK then search your local Google.

    What did you think "full version" meant for Windows 7? What's the problem with the version you have?
  2. Ijack said:
    I wouldn't recommend XP for a new build, but here you go.If you are not in the UK then search your local Google.

    What did you think "full version" meant for Windows 7? What's the problem with the version you have?



    It just wont load, the bios are set up properly but the mobo company, MSI, said that the version of windows 7 I have is not what we need and we need a previous OS version such as XP to start fresh before upgrading to Windows 7. What the heck does 'full versoin' mean anyway?
  3. Ijack said:
    I wouldn't recommend XP for a new build, but here you go.If you are not in the UK then search your local Google.

    What did you think "full version" meant for Windows 7? What's the problem with the version you have?



    So this OS you recommended says it is an 'upgrade' as well: This update also includes a small number of new functionalities, which do not significantly change customers' experience with the operating system
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    I was apprehensive doing it this way but I will try the double install trick and get back to you.
    SpankYou Grumpy
  5. The version of XP that I linked to is a full OEM version. It will install on a new build without any other prerequisites. The reference to "update" in the description is to the fact that it is updated to include SP3. As far as I am aware Microsoft do not produce OEM udgrade versions.

    As for the Windows 7 (which is a far better OS), why not return the version that you have (it sounds as if you might bought an upgrade version, not the full version) and exchange it for a full version; any reputable retailer should do this for you. It will, obviously cost you more. But are you quite sure that you have only an upgrade version? It should state this quite clearly on the packing.

    "Full version" means a DVD that can install the Operating System on a computer with no previous software being present. An "upgrade" version is cheaper and requires a previous installation to be present (or you to have access to a CD with a previous version).

    What exactly happens when you try to install? It may be that your problem is not to do with the version of Windows 7 that you have.
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