Upg 98SE to XP Pro Dies

I've tried several times to upgrade from 98SE to XP Pro. I've used two different versions, the upgrade and the full. Both crap out with the following message:

"The option to upgrade will not be available at this time because Setup was unable to load the file I386\WIN9XUPG\W95UPG.DLL.
A device attached to the system is not functioning."

The compatibility advisor, which I ran from MS' website, says the WAN miniport, MDP 3900V-U and UMAX SCSI-ISA hardware my not be compatible. (Where in blazes did I get a WAN miniport?)
What now? Should I go for clean install? SHould I start in Safe Mode? Should I chuck the whole mess and try to get money back?

Thanks.

Dell XPS-T 700r
256 MB RAM
10 GB & 30 GB HD
ATI Rage Pro 128
Sound Blaster Live Digital

I know enuff to be dangerous. :tongue:
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  1. It appears there's a problem with installation reading the file off the disk. Make sure it's a clean disk, w/o smudges + fingerprints and maybe the CD drive is going bad? Not sure, I'd recoomend trying a clean install, as it's the best way to do an upgrade anyhow (gets rid of all the old junk)

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  2. The version of XP Pro I have says UPGRADE on the box. Can I still do a clean install from it?

    I know enuff to be dangerous. :tongue:
  3. Usually you can do a clean install just fine if you have a previous version CD available.

    At some point it will ask you to insert the Win 98/ME/2000 cd into the drive, and then you will put the XP cd back in and continue.
  4. I got an answer from theDell site. If this happens to you, copy the I386 folder to your C drive. Then run setup from C:\I386\setup.exe.

    I know enuff to be dangerous. :tongue:
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