Installing Windows XP

My old HD crashed and burned which had Windows XP that was upgraded to Windows 7.

I built a new system and used the upgrade to install Windows 7 bypassing the Windows XP install.

Called MS to approve the install and they would not saying I have to reinstall Windows XP and then use the upgrade.

As the system is now my Windows XP disk is prevented from installing by the current Windows 7 install. And the Windows 7 will not activate as it was not intended for a "clean" install.

I currently have two HDs that are mirrowed in this new computer with the "up grade" Windows 7

I supect that I will have to reformat my hard drive in order to install Windows XP so that I can use the upgrade to go back to Windows 7 unless someone knows a better way.
James CoatsComputer Info. Sys. StudentAsked:
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tomcahillConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Yup, that's it!
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bigeven2002Commented:
Hello,

Since this was an upgrade version, re-run Windows 7 setup and install over the existing windows 7 setup (don't format, this should count as an upgrade).  I know this seems odd, I was in the same predicament and this was how I got around it.  After the 2nd setup, your product key should then activate.
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tomcahillCommented:
Simply call back in to activate, and tell them you installed XP, then upgraded.  There is no way to verify this and as long as you have a valid license for XP and a valid Windows 7 upgrade you should be fine.
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James CoatsComputer Info. Sys. StudentAuthor Commented:
bigeven2002,

When I try to re-install I get this error measage:

"Your current version of windows is more recent than the version you trying to upgrade to. Windows cannot complete the upgrade."

tomcahill,

So are you saying that if I tell them I re-installed XP and tried to upgrade with the upgrade version but it still gives the same error measage "this disk not intended for a clean installation" they will then activate me anyway??
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tomcahillCommented:
I thought you were trying to activate it and needed to call in.  I didn't realize you were getting an error about doing a clean install.  however, not to worry.  You can upgrade Windows 7 on top of itself.  Insert the disc, choose upgrade and use your cd key, afterwards it will activate fine.

Only caveat to this is if you installed SP1 and the install media is RTM, then you may have to remove SP1.
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James CoatsComputer Info. Sys. StudentAuthor Commented:
I am getting the error message when I am trying to upgrade windows 7 on top of itself. I have not installed windows XP on this new build, it died on the old computer. I still have the old Windows XP disk and Key I am just lazy and don't want to install it and then upgrade.

Am I stuck??
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tomcahillCommented:
so you're getting the message "Your current version of windows is more recent than the version you trying to upgrade to. Windows cannot complete the upgrade." when you try to upgrade using the Windows 7 Disc?

That suggests the disc is RTM and you have installed SP1.  Remove SP1 and re-try the upgrade.
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James CoatsComputer Info. Sys. StudentAuthor Commented:
I have not installed SP1... Are you referring to Windows XP S1?? What does RTM stand for?? All the files on the disk are dated: 07/14/2009.

In the Uninstall window of Control Panel I see two MSXML 4.0 SP2 files dated 8/28/12 but not a SP1 file
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tomcahillCommented:
RTM is the Release to Manufacturing version that initially came out.

I am talking about Windows 7 SP1.  If you right click computer and click properties, what does it say under Windows Version?  If it says Service Pack 1, then it probably installed through automatic updates.  You will need to uninstall it.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
RTM stands for "Release to Manufacturing" which is PRE-Service Pack.  Open a command prompt and it should tell you something like "Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7600]" as the first line - if the first line says the version is 6.1.7601, then you have Service Pack 1 either installed or INTEGRATED in the install.  I've seen methods of slipstreaming SP1 into Win7 media but I don't think it's really supported anymore... you need media that includes SP1 if you don't have it.
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James CoatsComputer Info. Sys. StudentAuthor Commented:
Yes it does have Sevice Pack 1.  

In the "Uninstall an update" from the control panel I see lots of updates dated 8/5/12 to 8/14/12. None of them are named Service Pack 1.

However there is one named "Service Pack for Microsoft Windows (KB976932)" which seems like it could be Service Pack 1. What do you think?
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James CoatsComputer Info. Sys. StudentAuthor Commented:
It took quite a while but that was it. Thanks very much!!
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