Tip & How-To about Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3 Full Version OEM for PC

Perform a Custom Install to Upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7

TIP1: If you are running Window 5 (XP) even with SP3 you will most certainly require a Custom Install, this is a 5 step complex process so don't rush it, to upgrade to Windows 7 if you just go ahead and expect that the upgrade CD will do everything for you dissapointment will most certainly be your results.

You will need at least 1GB of RAM ( or 2GB if you want to use the Windows (x86) 32-bit XP compatibilty mode on Windows 7 if your hardware won't support hardware assisted virtualization technology then this mode is not for you so 1GB will be fine) and a 1GHz processor and 16GB of free hard drive space if you don't have these forget it. Also you will require a graphics card that supports Aero for full use of all Windows 7 functionality so you might want to consider a new AGP graphics card as well your choice.

There will be several driver issues with webcams and other devices that will not work after the upgrade run the Windows 7 upgrade advisor tool before you even attempt it, you will also require the Windows Easy Transfer Tool later on so download this now.

I suggest that you first create a drive image using Ghost v14.0 and save a good image of your old WinXPSP3 partition prior to the upgrade. This will be your safety net restore points can't help you here. Its also worth using the preboot antivirus scanner bundled with Ghost before the upgrade you can use my autoupdater Antivirus Defintions CD creator to ensure you can scan with the latest defntions, download this from either LINK1 or rapidshare LINK2 these are posted exclusively for Fixya users.

Follow these instructions HERE in this PDF to assist you you will require an external USB and the I386 cabinet files from your OEM preinstalled version or from the original WinXP CD and the Windows 7 upgrade CD.

Also your WinXP must include the NET. Framework v2.0 x86 (32bit) runtime files and at least SP2 prior to the upgrade, I suggest you check using these NET Framework check tools to see what version you have. to check your service pack type c:winver at the run prompt

TIP2: If you have DRM (digital rights management) protected files from iTunes or similar download sites check that these can be restored after the upgrade if not back these up first as a matter of course.

TIP3: The upgrade from Windows Vista (v6.0) is a bit easier so if in any doubt upgrade to Vista first then Windows 7, if you miss out a step you can render your PC useless hence the first image step is highly recommended if the upgrade fails.

Good Luck !

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You have SP3 and HD audio give this a try:

This patch is required before any of the HD device drivers are installed
1. On your PC change the CSDVersion registry key to XP SP2:
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Goto Start>Run and type in regedit , then click OK.
Click the plus signs in front of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, SYSTEM, Current Control Set, Control, and finally, click Windows.
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In the highlighted input window, you should see 300. Change it to 200.
Click OK, close regedit and restart your PC. Windows will now think it is SP2 and allow you to install the UAA and your HD audio driver.
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Welcome to FixYa


There are a number of ways to resolve this issue. The first and simplest way is to download and run a microsoft fix it you can find it here http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9763076


If this does not work you can try this


  • Open Windows XP task manager window, You can do it by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del or right click on taskbar and then select Task Manager.
  • On the Task Manager pop up window under processes tab find wgatray.exe process and then right click and select End process tree option and then select yes.
  • Restart Windows XP in Safe Mode.
  • Delete WgaTray.exe file from c:WindowsSystem32.
  • Delete WgaTray.exe file from c:WindowsSystem32dllcache.
  • Click on Start menu and write regedit.
  • Browse to the location,HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogonNotify
  • Delete the folder 'WgaLogon' and all its contents
  • Restart Windows XP.

As soon as you complete the above steps it will pop up again like Windows is Not Genuine. You can fix even this trouble just follow the following steps.

  • Ignore Step 2 of ending wgatray.exe before restarting to Safe Mode as it serves no purpose.
  • At Step 4, wait on the deletion confirmation dialog box and then open task manager to end wgatray.exe
  • When you are again prompted for a confirmation for terminating the process, align that confirmation box over the delete confirmation box.
  • Press Yes on the Task Manager prompt and then quickly press Yes on the deletion confirmation. (You need to repeat this if you miss it)
  • If you did it quickly then you will be able to delete the file.
  • Step #5 can be missed. I was able to do it without the Step #5.
  • Complete Step 6 to 9 as instructed.

Once you finished the all above steps just follow these steps too.

  • Go to Windows XP Control Panel > Security Center > Automatic Update Settings.
  • Select the third option "Notify me but don't automatically download or install them".
  • Click Ok.
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  • This time unselect the checkbox of Windows Genuine Advantage Notification Tool, and click on Download.
  • Select "Don't notify my about these updates again" so it will ignored every time updates are downloaded.
  • From the next time, make sure to check the list of download so that you might not install any new version of this tool.



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