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reinstall XP from upgrade XP SP3 disk

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Disable keyboard shortcuts., Aug 19, 2010.

  1. Disable keyboard shortcuts.

    Disable keyboard shortcuts. Flightless Bird

    I have been helping a friend via phone and email to get her old computer
    working again. She replaced it with a new Win 7 machine. She wanted to
    clean off all of her old files on the old one and reinstall XP. She had a XP
    SP3 CD (authentic). She cleaned the hard drive by wiping with Part Wizard.
    Then inserted the XP CD and restarted. Nothing. I then learned that it was
    an Upgrade, and apparently is not bootable. Checked the bios and CD drive is
    listed first. What can/should I do to get the Upgrade installed? She wants
    to give the old one to a kid and it needs to be working, of course.
    Appreciate any suggestions. Thanks, Roving
     
  2. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    The CD is an Upgrade disk or she'd originally upgraded the computer to
    WinXP?


    Disable keyboard shortcuts. wrote:
    > I have been helping a friend via phone and email to get her old computer
    > working again. She replaced it with a new Win 7 machine. She wanted to
    > clean off all of her old files on the old one and reinstall XP. She had a
    > XP SP3 CD (authentic). She cleaned the hard drive by wiping with Part
    > Wizard. Then inserted the XP CD and restarted. Nothing. I then learned
    > that it was an Upgrade, and apparently is not bootable. Checked the bios
    > and CD drive is listed first. What can/should I do to get the Upgrade
    > installed? She wants to give the old one to a kid and it needs to be
    > working, of course. Appreciate any suggestions. Thanks, Roving
     
  3. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    Disable keyboard shortcuts. wrote:
    > I have been helping a friend via phone and email to get her old
    > computer working again. She replaced it with a new Win 7 machine.
    > She wanted to clean off all of her old files on the old one and
    > reinstall XP. She had a XP SP3 CD (authentic). She cleaned the hard
    > drive by wiping with Part Wizard. Then inserted the XP CD and
    > restarted. Nothing. I then learned that it was an Upgrade, and
    > apparently is not bootable. Checked the bios and CD drive is listed
    > first. What can/should I do to get the Upgrade installed? She wants
    > to give the old one to a kid and it needs to be working, of course.
    > Appreciate any suggestions. Thanks, Roving


    Unfortunately, "XP SP3 CD (authentic)" tells us absolutely nothing. And
    then you say you "then learned that it was an Upgrade."

    From this limited amount of info, I'll take a stab and guess you are
    describing the Service Pack 3 Upgrade CD. This CD is not bootable,
    correct. Your friend would need an XP installation CD and appropriate
    matching license/Product Key. Or maybe this PC that has not been
    identified has a recovery partition on the hard drive. If so, that would
    be the easiest way to lay down a fresh install of Windows XP. Oops, I
    just re-read your post. If the entire drive was wiped, then so was the
    recovery partition. :-(

    But without any real info, the above is just a bunch of guesses!

    Maybe this site will be helpful if she is looking for a recovery CD for
    her specific make/model of PC:

    http://www.restoredisks.com/
     
  4. philo

    philo Flightless Bird

    On 08/19/2010 07:50 PM, Disable keyboard shortcuts. wrote:
    > I have been helping a friend via phone and email to get her old computer
    > working again. She replaced it with a new Win 7 machine. She wanted to
    > clean off all of her old files on the old one and reinstall XP. She had a XP
    > SP3 CD (authentic). She cleaned the hard drive by wiping with Part Wizard.
    > Then inserted the XP CD and restarted. Nothing. I then learned that it was
    > an Upgrade, and apparently is not bootable. Checked the bios and CD drive is
    > listed first. What can/should I do to get the Upgrade installed? She wants
    > to give the old one to a kid and it needs to be working, of course.
    > Appreciate any suggestions. Thanks, Roving




    Moot point
    as with an upgrade cd
    you'd need a qualifying product
     
  5. Roy Smith

    Roy Smith Flightless Bird

    On 8/19/2010 7:50 PM, Disable keyboard shortcuts. wrote:
    > I have been helping a friend via phone and email to get her old computer
    > working again. She replaced it with a new Win 7 machine. She wanted to
    > clean off all of her old files on the old one and reinstall XP. She had a XP
    > SP3 CD (authentic). She cleaned the hard drive by wiping with Part Wizard.
    > Then inserted the XP CD and restarted. Nothing. I then learned that it was
    > an Upgrade, and apparently is not bootable. Checked the bios and CD drive is
    > listed first. What can/should I do to get the Upgrade installed? She wants
    > to give the old one to a kid and it needs to be working, of course.
    > Appreciate any suggestions. Thanks, Roving


    The Windows XP Upgrade CD is bootable, at least mine is. Anyway, if her
    PC has a floppy drive she can always use the floppy disk set to install
    XP. She can get the floppy set up disks at Microsoft downloads. See
    this article for more info:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310994


    --

    Roy Smith
    Windows 7 Professional
    Thunderbird 3.1.2
    Friday, August 20, 2010 7:56:37 AM
     
  6. Disable keyboard shortcuts.

    Disable keyboard shortcuts. Flightless Bird

    Thanks to each of you for your reply. I apologize for not having all of the
    specifics of the computer that I would have had had I had it at my home. The
    CD that she has is the XP SP3 Upgrade disk, and it is not bootable as one of
    you agrees. The only choice is to install an original XP, then do the
    upgrade. She bought this used and doesn't have the original XP installation
    disk(s). I'll just have to see what we can do in that regard, or let the
    person that gets it worry about getting an operating system installed on it.
    She formatted it assuming that the XP SP3 disk would do the trick, and of
    course it won't. Again thanks to each of you for your time and excellent
    assistance.

    "Disable keyboard shortcuts." wrote:

    > I have been helping a friend via phone and email to get her old computer
    > working again. She replaced it with a new Win 7 machine. She wanted to
    > clean off all of her old files on the old one and reinstall XP. She had a XP
    > SP3 CD (authentic). She cleaned the hard drive by wiping with Part Wizard.
    > Then inserted the XP CD and restarted. Nothing. I then learned that it was
    > an Upgrade, and apparently is not bootable. Checked the bios and CD drive is
    > listed first. What can/should I do to get the Upgrade installed? She wants
    > to give the old one to a kid and it needs to be working, of course.
    > Appreciate any suggestions. Thanks, Roving
     
  7. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    > ...She bought this used and doesn't have the original XP
    > installation disk(s).


    There may be a hidden Recovery partition (not to be confused with System
    Restore) you/she would use to return the computer to OOBE (as it left the
    factory) state.


    Disable keyboard shortcuts. wrote:
    > Thanks to each of you for your reply. I apologize for not having all of
    > the
    > specifics of the computer that I would have had had I had it at my home.
    > The CD that she has is the XP SP3 Upgrade disk, and it is not bootable as
    > one of you agrees. The only choice is to install an original XP, then do
    > the upgrade. She bought this used and doesn't have the original XP
    > installation disk(s). I'll just have to see what we can do in that
    > regard,
    > or let the person that gets it worry about getting an operating system
    > installed on it. She formatted it assuming that the XP SP3 disk would do
    > the trick, and of course it won't. Again thanks to each of you for your
    > time and excellent assistance.
    >
    >> I have been helping a friend via phone and email to get her old computer
    >> working again. She replaced it with a new Win 7 machine. She wanted to
    >> clean off all of her old files on the old one and reinstall XP. She had
    >> a
    >> XP SP3 CD (authentic). She cleaned the hard drive by wiping with Part
    >> Wizard. Then inserted the XP CD and restarted. Nothing. I then learned
    >> that it was an Upgrade, and apparently is not bootable. Checked the bios
    >> and CD drive is listed first. What can/should I do to get the Upgrade
    >> installed? She wants to give the old one to a kid and it needs to be
    >> working, of course. Appreciate any suggestions. Thanks, Roving
     

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