Requirements for Upgrade license for XP Home RRS feed

  • Question

  • We've determined I need to buy (or rent) a new license for XP Home (see post titled "OEM license - rented or owned?").  As you well know, there are a miriad of options available to do this.  One of these is an XP Home "upgrade" (retail), but I can't find the requirements for qualifying for this.  Can anyone give me guidelines as to the requirements?  I've searched around this website and the web and the retailer's website, but can't find these listed.

    Thanks for your time.

    Wednesday, April 9, 2008 4:34 PM


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  • Windows XP supported upgrade paths: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/292607


    Clean Install Windows XP: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html


    Wednesday, April 9, 2008 4:44 PM
  • I appreciate the link, but that didn't quite answer my question.  And I don't think I asked my question clearly.  What I'm looking for is not "what will this work for" but rather "what do I have to have for this to work."

    ie, Windows 98, 2000, or ME will upgrade to XP Home... I get that.  But do I HAVE to have one of those to use the Upgrade edition? 

    It has been a long time since I've used an "upgrade" edition of a software, and when I did, eg, an MS Office "uprade" would work if you had a previous version of Office or Word Perfect/Corel suite or Works or almost anything that might do what one of the Office apps would do.

    I don't have Win 98 or 2000 or ME on this computer...I have Linux on this computer.  Can I use the Home Upgrade version for that?  Often "upgrade" seems to be a buzz word to make pricing more attractive to those not currently using the product.


    Wednesday, April 9, 2008 7:20 PM
  • In your particular case, you would need a "Full Version" of Windows XP since you are not upgrading.




    Microsoft Windows XP Home With SP2B 1 Pack - OEM

    Wednesday, April 9, 2008 7:34 PM
  • Ok, thanks again for your time.  I'm newly not a fan of OEM and hence was hoping to save some money with an "Upgrade" retail product. 

    Now I just have to decide if a full retail version is worth it or if I stick with Linux.


    Wednesday, April 9, 2008 7:55 PM