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Upgrading a laptop with W2000 to XP

 
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boogiebusby



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2007 3:38 pm    Post subject: Upgrading a laptop with W2000 to XP Reply with quote


Hi, this is my first posting, so here goes...
I have a tecra 8200 laptop with floppy drive and W2000 installed. I have recently bought an external CD drive so that I can upload to XP. I have an upgrade cd for XP home, but when I run the process, it says that you can't upgrade from 2000 to XP.

Not really sure how to proceed
a) I have tried a new installation but it says that the CD key is invalid, even tough it isn't - it is a proper upgrade key
Thanks
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SoftStag



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2007 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Windows XP Home Upgrade is not for Windows 2000; it will only upgrade Windows 95, 98 or Me. In order to upgrade you will need Windows XP Profession Upgrade.

One work around, if you have an install disk for Windows 95, 98 or Me is to do a clean install from the XP upgrade disk. It will ask for the original operating system, at that point insert your old Windows disk and it should find it and allow the install.
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boogiebusby



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2007 8:27 pm    Post subject: Upgrading a laptop with W2000 to XP Reply with quote

Thanks Softstag.

This is me being dim, I know, but when you say a clean install, what do you mean by that? I do have an ME boot up disk.
Do you mean, boot up from an ME disk, or boot from the XP CD and then when asked insert the ME boot up disk, or is there more to it than that?

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2007 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I mean boot from the XP disk and install a new copy of Windows XP (not an upgrade). When prompted, you will need to insert the Windows Me Installation CD - not the boot floppy disk.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the problem is entering the key, you need to make sure you are not confusing the following:
Number 0 with Letter O
Number 1 with Letter I or L
Number 5 with Letter S
Number 8 with Letter B

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