Upgrading from XP Home to XP pro using Older Upgrade CD

HI All,

I have XP Home and want to upgrade using my XP Pro upgrade CD but I get the error:

Setup cannot continue because the version of Windows on your computer is newer than the version on the CD.

MS help says the following about it...

Issue Description:

To install the version on the CD, restart your computer, boot from this CD, and follow the instructions for a new installation.

Warning: The default setup options will replace your existing version of Windows with this version. If you wish to keep both versions you must select a new destination folder for this version of Windows. If you decide to delete the newer version of Windows that is currently installed on your computer, the files and settings cannot be recovered.

Ideally what I want to do is install XP Pro so that I can use IIS. I don't really want to reformat my PC as backing up everything will take too long for this project.

Do you know if I boot from CD like MS says will it wipe my personal files?


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Netman66Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Your service pack level is higher on the PC than on the CD.

You can create a new CD with a slipstreamed service pack.


Once you're done, you should be able to upgrade.
rito1Author Commented:

Thanks, I am giving this a go now.

Or use nlite: http://www.nliteos.com/; it can even slipstream all patches published since SP3, and also remove certain components from the installation media. It will generate an ISO image that you will have to burn in a CD. It's extremely easy to use, BUT anyway you have to download SP3 and the patches you need/want.
rito1Author Commented:

I am a bit stuck at present... I created a slipstreamed service pack version of my install CD as per..


Now when installing the upgrade it goes so far and then provides the following error:

the exception unknown software exception (0xc0000409) occurred

Which refers to setup.exe

Any ideas on how to resolve this or at least get back to the way it was as when the machine  reboots it goes into preparing to intalling and looks for the install CD.


Wow..perhaps your CD wasn't 100%?

Did you have any issues creating it?

I think the CD name needs to be specific - you may need to name it exactly the same as your original XP Pro disc.

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