You receive a "Setup failed to locate a valid qualifying product on your machine" error message when you install an Office XP Upgrade product

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SYMPTOMS
When you install an Office XP Upgrade product, you receive the following error message after you click Next in the User Information dialog box:
Setup failed to locate a valid qualifying product on your machine.

Please select the drive where a qualifying product can be found.
The error message displays a list of drive letters to choose and an OK button.
CAUSE
You installed an Office 97 suite to a folder other than "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office". The folder "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office" is the default installation folder location for Office 97.
RESOLUTION
To resolve this issue, follow these steps:
  1. Run Setup for Office XP.
  2. Type the Product Key in the User Information dialog box, and then click OK.
  3. In the Product Compliance Check dialog box, click the Drive list, and then select the drive letter where Office 97 is installed on your hard disk (for example, C:).
  4. Click OK in the Product Compliance Check dialog box.
  5. Accept the End-User License Agreement, and then click Next.
  6. Complete the installation for Office XP.
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Article ID: 301286 - Last Review: 02/27/2014 21:08:56 - Revision: 1.4

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