WinXP Install

chess9

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Our company (AWSI) received its copy of RTM after beta testing ended. My boss gave me the cd to install on my computer-oh joy!-but it won't recognize the product key or allow me to install from within RC2. I logged onto windowsbeta.microsoft.com and got new product ids for both versions (we also received the home version), but still no luck. I booted with WinMe boot disk, but it says it won't install from
DOS.

I sent Microsoft a message but all I got back was a canned response. What a pain.

Ok, I realize I'm software challenged :) but what the heck am I doing wrong? I need to get this installed by Monday a.m. Anyone have suggested resources or solutions?

RC2 is still working. (I'm using it now)

Thanks,
Robert
 

userpete

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I'd use partition magic, make another partition, format it, hide your present OS, make the new one active and re-boot and install it.

Mont
 

Mirth

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From elsewhere here on the forums i've learned that you can go into x:\i386 and type winnt to install in Dos mode.
 

jaywallen

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Why can't you just boot from the WinXP CD and let the setup program step you through it? You can go clean or you can do an upgrade install. I would never try to run a Windows NT / 2K / XP install from within Windows (or from DOS) unless I absolutely had to.

Regards,
Jim