installing XP pro onto a pc with no operating system


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I bought xp professional (used) and am trying to install it onto a drive with
no OS. In the initial setup process it says that "Setup cannot find a
previous version of Windows installed on your computer. To continue, Setup
needs to verify that you qualify to use this upgrade product. Please insert
XP home (full version), XP pro (full version), win2000 etc etc". I dont have
any of those, is there any way around this?
Sincerely, a broke uni student.
 
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Timothy Daniels

Ben said:
I bought xp professional (used) and am trying to install it onto a drive with
no OS. In the initial setup process it says that "Setup cannot find a
previous version of Windows installed on your computer. To continue, Setup
needs to verify that you qualify to use this upgrade product. Please insert
XP home (full version), XP pro (full version), win2000 etc etc". I dont have
any of those, is there any way around this?
Sincerely, a broke uni student.

It appears that you have an upgrade version of XP Pro.
Thus, the installer is looking for evidence of your having
a previous Windows from which to "upgrade". The "way
around this" is to buy or borrow a copy of someone else's
old Windows CD, and slip that into the CD drive when
the installer asks for it. (BTW, I hear that this will not work
with Vista's installer).

*TimDaniels*
 
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Shenan Stanley

Ben said:
I bought xp professional (used) and am trying to install it onto a
drive with no OS. In the initial setup process it says that "Setup
cannot find a previous version of Windows installed on your
computer. To continue, Setup needs to verify that you qualify to
use this upgrade product. Please insert XP home (full version), XP
pro (full version), win2000 etc etc". I dont have any of those, is
there any way around this?

Without a qualifying OS CD, you cannot utilize an Upgrade Windows XP CD
(which is what you are obviously trying to do) to perform a clean
installation. What you bought (xp professional (used)) is obviously *not* a
full edition, but an UPGRADE edition of Windows XP Professional. That
requires you to have a previous OS. Windows 98/98SE, 2000, etc...
 

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