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I have Windows XP which I purchased previously from Best
Buy, intending to install it on my old Windows98 machine.
I never did complete that installation. Now I am
attempting to Install it on an HP Laptop (with a k6
processor) that is currently running Windows 2000. When I
try to install XP from the CD, I get the message "Setup
cannot upgrade your current installation to Windows XP.
Your current installation is not a supported upgrade
path."

Is there some other version of XP I can download and
install? I already have paid for a license for XP, and it
has never been activated.

Tim Berla
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers (More info?)

    Tim Berla wrote:
    > I have Windows XP which I purchased previously from Best
    > Buy, intending to install it on my old Windows98 machine.
    > I never did complete that installation. Now I am
    > attempting to Install it on an HP Laptop (with a k6
    > processor) that is currently running Windows 2000. When I
    > try to install XP from the CD, I get the message "Setup
    > cannot upgrade your current installation to Windows XP.
    > Your current installation is not a supported upgrade
    > path."
    >
    > Is there some other version of XP I can download and
    > install? I already have paid for a license for XP, and it
    > has never been activated.
    >
    > Tim Berla


    Not *ANOTHER* who can't read a box! It states quite clearly on the box your
    XP Home came in what upgrade paths are supported.

    95 (clean installation only)
    98
    ME

    If you wish to install the upgrade on your laptop you will need to

    1) Format and install it clean
    2) Have one of the above discs handy to prove upgrade eligibility.

    If you don't, you cannot install it.

    Is there some other version of XP I can download and
    > install? I already have paid for a license for XP, and it
    > has never been activated.


    Erm Windows XP is commercial software. Do you really think MS would commit
    commercial hari-kiri by making it available for download?!

    You do not have a "paid for licence for XP" if you wish to upgrade 2000. If
    you wish to upgrade from 2000 without formatting then you will need to
    purchase a Pro upgrade. Windows 2000 is a 'professional' OS and XP Home is
    considered a 'home' OS and, therefore, they're incompatible.

    So, you have two choices

    1) Install XP Home clean on your laptop (provided, of course, that you
    have a qualifying product)

    or

    2) Purchase a Pro upgrade licence.

    --
    My great-grandfather was born and raised in Elgin - did he eventually
    lose his marbles?
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers (More info?)

    Hi Tim,

    Win2000 can only be upgraded to WinXP Pro. I suspect you have the Home
    version which can only upgrade Win98 or WinME. You could use it to do a
    clean install on the laptop provided you have a qualifying media disk, but
    there is no way to install it over Win2000.

    Windows (any version) is not downloadable outside of an MSDN subscription.
    Your license may be valid, but only for the upgrades previously mentioned.

    --
    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
    www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

    "Tim Berla" <t.berla@cgnet.com> wrote in message
    news:037901c48fc7$69ef2280$7d02280a@phx.gbl...
    >I have Windows XP which I purchased previously from Best
    > Buy, intending to install it on my old Windows98 machine.
    > I never did complete that installation. Now I am
    > attempting to Install it on an HP Laptop (with a k6
    > processor) that is currently running Windows 2000. When I
    > try to install XP from the CD, I get the message "Setup
    > cannot upgrade your current installation to Windows XP.
    > Your current installation is not a supported upgrade
    > path."
    >
    > Is there some other version of XP I can download and
    > install? I already have paid for a license for XP, and it
    > has never been activated.
    >
    > Tim Berla
    >
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