Problem- "Verifying previous windows ownership"

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by donkyranger, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. donkyranger macrumors newbie

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    I follow the instructions correctly to install Windows XP on my MacBook Pro using BootCamp. It starts to install checking to make sure I have the correct sepecs to install and then goes to a screen that says I need to insert and previous version of Windows (2000, '98....) I go to put in my copy of Windows 2000 and push the eject button on my MacBook Pro, nothing happens. No matter what I do, be it hitting it with a hammer or throwing it into a pit of flaming kung-fu monkeys, it with on eject the CD.

    I imagine that the problem is the button is just a button with no meaning behind it due to the lack of operating system but I'm confused because CD drives don't normally work like that.

    The CD I am using is is a Microsoft Windows XP Professional Upgrade disk. I realize it clearly says it will make this check right on the CD, but I am wondering the best way to get around this issue.
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    You can't use an upgrade CD on account of ejecting the disk to authorize with the prior version gums up the Bootcamp install. As advertised, you can only use a full version disk of XP Service Pack 2 or higher.
     
  3. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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    Yep.

    All Macs need software to support the eject button (in Mac OS X that's built in and in Windows it happens when you install the boot camp drivers.)
     
  4. Consultant macrumors G5

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    You open "My computer" and right click on cd drive and select eject. Yes, takes quite a few steps to do something simple as ejecting a drive.
     
  5. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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    That doesn't help in Windows Setup where there is no such thing as My Computer.

    The reason Apple doesn't allow you to use an Upgrade version of Windows is purely because there's no way to eject the disk during setup.
     
  6. donkyranger thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Alright, as I thought. But now how would I get a disk that isn't an upgrade disk? I am quite determined to get Windows XP on to my Mac, so any possibilities I will take into consideration.

    Thanks,
    Josh
     
  7. TEG macrumors 604

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    If you are in College, and studying to be an Engineer, you may be able to download an ISO of Windows XP to make your own disc. If you have a legal key, you could use another disc. Or try to buy your own copy off an online store, Craigslist, or eBay.

    TEG
     
  8. VideoFreek macrumors 6502

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    There's a workaround I've used successfully in the past: you burn a XP install disk that includes certain directories/files from the "previous version." There were some threads detailing how to do this, posted eons ago. Use the search to find them.

    EDIT: Ah! I just remembered I'd bookmarked the thread...here's the link.
     

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