Microsoft KB Archive/92536

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Upgrade Installation Fails, Then Setup Doesn't Work

Article ID: 92536

Article Last Modified on 9/26/1999


  • Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.1

This article was previously published under Q92536


The Microsoft Windows for Workgroups add-on for Windows 3.1 users does not allow a new installation of Windows for Workgroups; it is an upgrade for Microsoft Windows version 3.1 only.

If the upgrade fails during installation, you may not be able to run SETUP.EXE again. To work around this problem, remove the SETUPSTATE= line from the [BOOT.DESCRIPTION] section of the SYSTEM.INI file.


During the upgrade process, SETUP.EXE adds the line


to the [BOOT.DESCRIPTION] section of the SYSTEM.INI file. When this line is present, SETUP.EXE does not allow the installation of Windows for Workgroups, and the following error message will be displayed:

Windows 3.1 could not be located on your computer. This version of Windows for Workgroups requires that Windows 3.1 already be installed. You must either install Windows 3.1 on your computer, or purchase the complete version of Windows for Workgroups.

To allow Windows for Workgroups to install correctly (provided you have Windows 3.1 on your computer), remove the SETUPSTATE= line.

NOTE: The failed upgrade installation may also leave the following line in the SYSTEM.INI:


The statement should be SHELL=PROGMAN.EXE. You may need to make this change as well.

Additional query words: 3.1 3.10 win.ini reinstall setup set up setting re-install fail resetup re-setup previous error

Keywords: KB92536