Unable to Install Windows 8 Pro Upgrade on PC running Windows XP SP3

I purchased Windows 8 Pro using the upgrade assistant from current os which is Windows XP SP3. I did not get an option to download an ISO file or make a USB stick bootable install copy. Instead, I have an icon on the desktop clicking which starts the windws 8 Pro install process. It gets all the way to the end and then hangs saying 'Windows Install Failed' Please help. Thanks
 

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Last updated March 24, 2018 Views 674 Applies to:

Check for a folder named 'WindowsESD' at the root of your C drive (if you have multiple partitions this folder could be on a different partition), you should see a file there named install.esd You can burn that to a blank DVD as a disc image. If you don't see it, enable show hidden files and folders.

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Boot from the Windows 8 DVD
Click Install Now
Accept License Agreement
When the option is displayed to select an installation type, click (Custom Advanced)

select the disk partition where you would like to install Windows 8 Click Next.

You will receive the following warning:

The partition you selected might contain files from a previous Windows Installation. If it does, these files and folders will be moved to a folder named Windows.old. You will be able to access the information in Windows.old, but you will be able to use your previous version of Windows.

(At all cost, do NOT click anything named Format or Delete or Partition. So even doing a custom install, your personal files are still preserved. Click OK

Setup will now start the installation. During the installation, your machine will be restarted several times.

When the installation is complete, you can complete the Out of Box experience such as selecting your laptop, create a username, password, your time zone. You can then proceed to download the latest updates for Windows and reinstall your applications and drivers.

You can then recover your personal files from the Windows.old folder and reinstall all your applications and drivers.

http://notebooks.com/2010/11/09/how-to-recover-documents-music-and-email-after-upgrading-with-the-windows-old-folder/

Best,
Andre
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HI Andre Da Costa,

 

I wonder if you can help me. When I found out that I could not upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 8 in my computer I tried reinstalling Win XP however I could not get past the blue Welcome to Windows Set up screen.  The sreen freezes up. And when I try rebooting normally, I can't get past the your computer did not shut down properly DOS screen.  Neither by selecting SAFE MODE, NORMALLY, ETC. nothing works, the screen comes back again, and again. Help please.

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I bought windows 8 pro today and attempted to upgrade from windows 7 home premium. 3 times I attempted to install windows 8 - once directly and twice after creating a DVD from the ISO. Got rid of mcaffee in the process. All my email settings on the outlook are gone. Haven't had a successful installation yet. Wasted the whole day on this. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP. I am no pro... Just don't know what to do.

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