Windows XP Upgrade Woes

By evanwilson6
Jul 20, 2006
  1. On a Windows 98SE computer, I'm trying to upgrade to Windows XP. However, when I try to install, either in Windows or at bootup, it says that it can't find a previous version of Windows. It's not a hardware problem.
    It tells me to insert a Windows CD, and I don't have one, just a recovery. It is fully licensed though.
    Thanks to all my aids!
  2. dazzer9535

    dazzer9535 Banned Posts: 117

    So do you have an XP upgrade disk or a full version of XP and what is the PCs secs ie. HDD space, RAM Processor?

    Also have you set the Boot order from CD in the Bios?
  3. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 TS Rookie Posts: 398

    get ahold of one of your friends old WIn98SE cds, since you are already a legitimate owner.

    also try using the "clean install" it will delete all fo your files and settinfs, but WinXP is known to run better on a clean install anyway.
  4. evanwilson6

    evanwilson6 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    More woes.

    All right. XP is on the beast. I used an old Windows 95 CD when it asked(!). But now I fear something worse. Errors every couple launches of something. All the time now. Just like with 98. I really think that there must be a hardware problem. Does anyone have any suggestions? Memory?

    My profuse thanks to anyone who can help.
  5. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

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