Hmmm...the first thing I would do find out whether I have a legal version of XP installed.
If not, there is little point in persisting with this line of questioning, IMO. I've pretty much outlined the alternatives that exist, those don't change because of anything that you do or have done.
Illegal versions don't qualify for upgrades of any type, as I interpret the MS documentation.
I previously thought it unnecessary to state this, but following is a quote from the forum rules:"No subject matter will be allowed whose purpose is to defeat existing copyright or security measures. If a user persists and/or the activity is obviously illegal the staff reserves the right to remove such content and/or ban the user. This would also mean encouraging the use or continued use of pirated software is not permitted, and subject to the same consequences."
Edited by hamluis, 31 January 2012 - 01:07 PM.
Added quote from forum rules.