Scanning a 32-bit XP PC for Windows 8 compatibility without forking out for Win 8 in advance
How do I do this exactly? The Upgrade assistant won't run on 32-bit XP ("This platform is not supported" and the pre-release version of W8 (which apparently would have run a pre-installation check) seems now to be unavailable.
Can I run something to check what of the bit and bobs on my 32-bit XP machine are incompatible without having to buy Windows 8 first? I'd really like to know in advance.
BTW, my processor is compatible (checked it out with coreinfo.exe). Also I'm aware that the Win 8 would be a clean install, not an upgrade. I'd prpobably buy a new SSD and run a dual boot with the existing XP.
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Even if XP Service Pack 3 is not installed, after installing it you will end up deleting XP during the upgrade. Do the image backup and try the trial version, if the trial works, then restore XP using the Image Backup and then purchase Windows 8 (if it works
OK on your computer).
Thanks for your time folks. SP3 is indeed installed, and the PC is fully updated with auto updates. On "System properties" it clearly says "Service Pack 3" under "System:" on the General tab.
I even tried uninstalling and reinstalling SP3 (with all Windows updates installed after) and it's the same. The Upgrade Assistant starts to run and then reports "This platform is not supported" in a Windows Setup box. Unfortnately there's no other info to
help, just that.
I suppose it's one of those weird things where something has gone awry in the depths of windows somewhere.
I did notice one thing, though I doubt it's relevant. When I upgraded my PC (incl. new mainboard) back in 2008 I couldn't get my legal, retail copy of XP to validate and had to phone Microsoft. they gave me a key that worked, but it seems they gave me an
OEM one, which is annoying although I suppose it's moot now. Still, I understand it should be possible to upgrade from OEM XP Windows 8.
ETA: just to add the Windows Genuine Validation thing always works OK when I download something from Microsoft or whatever. It's definitely a pukka copy of XP, recognised as so by Microsoft.
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