1.    10 Aug 2015 #1
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 1
    xp & 7

    Build 10130 DVD gives "setup.exe not a valid win32 app"

    I have several machines with same hardware albeit v old! The all originally ran XP Pro. I was slowly upgrading them to 7 32 bit when 10 came along. To save time I tried the 32 bit build route however the machines running XP 32 bit won't run setup.exe on the Build 10130 DVD. I get a " setup.exe is not a valid windows 32 bit application" error whether I start from within Windows or from a cold boot. Machines with 7 32 bit installed and "Get Win 10" icon on task bar will run DVD from within windows or a cold boot.

    Weird eh, what's wrong?
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  2.    10 Aug 2015 #2
    Join Date : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
    Posts : 26,722
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Don't have a good technical answer but Win10 was/is an upgrade for Win7 SP1 and Win8.1 only. MS didn't set up WIn10 to be an upgrade for either Xp or Vista.. that could be the issue.

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  3.    10 Aug 2015 #3
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 22
    Win 10 64bit

    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyJ View Post
    .... Win10 was/is an upgrade for Win7 SP1 and Win8.1 only. MS didn't set up WIn10 to be an upgrade for either Xp or Vista.. ..
    And similarly, Win7 is not a direct upgrade path from XP either.

    Everything I read said you couldn't/shouldn't do this method- but I did & it was successful:
    I did a transition upgrade from XP to Vista, then immediately from Vista to 7.
    All my programs were preserved and everything functioned perfectly for the last year.
    You don't need a license for the Vista as you get 30 days gratis even with the microsoft install media, so don't even attempt to activate that. But you will need a license for the 7 (unless you intend to just buy a license for the 10, in which case you probably don't)

    I attempted to then upgrade to 10, however at this point the hardware was not compatible.
    I believe it was most likely the Video Driver as AMD/ATI considered this a legacy device and no further development.
    I could have then just installed a more recent PCI video card - if you have a laptop however, that is not an option.
    (I ultimately went with a new mobo/processor but this process should have worked)

    So - if you want to preserve your programs already installed, you will have to go
    XP -> Vista
    Vista -> 7 (license then required)
    7 ->10

    If you don't need to preserve all the existing loaded programs, spare yourself the hassle and just clean boot your win 10 and buy license for that.
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