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Re: Can I upgrade my CompaqMV720 computer from Windows ME...
I would think that you mast likely can do it. You need a Windows XP disk with a legitimate install key (or Microsoft will give you a hassel). When you are ready to upgrade, turn on or restart your computer and press [Delete] to enter the BIOS. Go to the Boot menu and change the boot order so that your CD/DVD drive is first.
Open the drive and put Windows XP disk in. Press the F10 key to save the changes and exit. when the computer restarts, it will provide several start options. Choose the one that will install Windows XP. From there you just follow the prompts.
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You can upgrade as long as you have the resources to do so. Ram and Hard Drive space etc. Not sure what operating system you have now. I'm assuming that you are wanting to go from either Vista or XP to Win 7 do not download from XP to Vista not recommended. You can also download the Win 7 upgrade adviser tool to see if your system devices are compatible to handle the software. Click Here to check this out. Thanks for using FixYa! John
NO PC stated, just Compaq. NO OS stated. xp to w7, you did not say from ?what. this error happens if MS thinks XP is pirated. The w7 disk words on top tell the real story, upgrade, but is it a real MS, retail disk. all the words on the disk tell me what it really is. post a photo? if the PC is still original. (say HP XP unchanged) the OS you run is from HP not MS. that is why MS told you to call HP. The HP software disk are custom to your PC. unique. (windows, drivers and key HP apps)
The COA sticker on the bottom (license to use HP windows) is a HP only license , called OEM. that is why MS told you to ask HP.
best is to reload the OS.
if the PC was not slammed by others. means someone put wrong OS on it. or pirated. or new HDD swapped, or erased hdd. then the F11 key works. Restore F11, XP and then upgrade to W7. Upgrages btw love to fail, its in the CARDS. vast reasons for it, #1 is XP infections XP has over 700 exploits, and love to fail and upgrades as SIDE show fail.
boot the PC by power on and instantly hammer the F11 key the runs the HP Recovery off the original HP Hard disk partition of same name.
if that is missing F11 feature. then you have 2 choices 1: get the HP install media from HP. call them. 2; or buy a retail MS windows 7 disk. $120
see below for #2 above its best to keep restore media on any owned
PC so when the hard drive fails, you are ready.
here is the other way, from MS
most stores sell w7-32bit home.
here is one https://www.walmart.com/ip/Microsoft-Windows-7-Home-Premium-with-SP1-32-bit-Operating-System-PC/36009633
also at newegg and at amazon. this is retail disk and runs on most PC made. after using retail disk
better is to buy a used PC with w7 on it so you get HP support and MS support.
If you have a Windows XP Pro installation disk, put it in the optical drive, restart your computer, on startup, go to BIOS settings (usually press [Delete] and set the optical drive as first boot device. Save changes and exit. When the computer starts it usually says to press any key to start from CD. Press any key and the windows installation will start. Make sure you format C: and you will downgrade to Windows XP Pro. If you want to upgrade to Vista again, you will need to know the keyboard sequence to start Vista from Its partition or have Vista install disk.