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Posted 31 October 2007 - 10:53 AM
Posted 31 October 2007 - 11:46 AM
"I don't want to belong to any club that would have me as a member."
- Groucho Marx
Posted 31 October 2007 - 12:28 PM
Posted 31 October 2007 - 12:45 PM
Posted 31 October 2007 - 01:55 PM
I will gain several things - easier networking and much better user control beyond the limited user that home offers, few other reasons, but I'd rather not dilute the subject at this point.
I guess I don't understand the questions, which is not unusual. And I have one of my own: What do you think you gain by moving from Home to Pro?
Of course. Clean install after reformat is what I plan to do. The only reason for a safe image is if I wanted to revert to the system I now use in 30min or less. Also, the image holds the data files which I can pull out.
If, in fact, that truly is what you want to do...the only way to do so is to do a clean install. There is no upgrade path from Home to Pro, since it's almost a lateral rather than an upgrade.
No problem here, that's my intention. Actually I've thought of doing partitions, but can't decide what to put where.
A clean install means using your XP Pro CD, along with accompanying license, to format/create a partition/install XP Pro.
Copying application installations (including registry) is NOT my intention. It cannot work. I understand that. I can easily reinstall applications I've put in. And easily copy all data files out of that image. I have the installation files and where needed, all the licence keys. I do not want dual boot.
A backup of any XP Home O/S...would likely (I've not tried such) not work when the installed O/S has been changed to XP Pro. So any programs that were installed in XP Home...would not function properly. The only way that I know to get such to occur would be to install each program anew in the new XP Pro O/S or do a dual install of Home and Pro (whereby you restore Home so that your programs work).
Then you don't know what a criminal pain in the neck that can be You think you're buying a clean, unadulterated, system, and what you get is 50 other preinstalled things you spend weeks getting rid of to reduce running apps from 67 to 29 in task manager. And you can't simply get at the simple things.
I don't have recovery disks.
Recovery disks, unfortunately do not have a clear directory where MS OFFICE is. They are images, perhaps Norton Ghost, I don't know. So how do I work this part?
... But, if you can find the files which contain MS Office before it was installed, you should be able to copy the entire folder and install that on any Windows O/S. Of course, you would need the Office license validation/activation info which should have been part of your original support package.
Drivers are available, it's just I never know WHICH must I upgrade. The computer is made by Toshiba. Microsoft windows, both XP home and pro offer most of the required drivers, so I just don't know what must be updated. So far, the only update I had to do once was wireless.
Drivers for any system are generally available for download, either at the website of the system manufacturer (e.g. Dell, Gateway, HP, etc.) or individually by component (video, sound, ethernet, motherboard, ethernet, etc.). So, what type of system is this, built or bought from an OEM seller?
No, you did not misunderstand, but also didn't give me a step-by-step I so badly need, plus how to handle the MS Office issue.
If I've misunderstood your intent, bear with me .
Posted 31 October 2007 - 03:41 PM
Edited by hamluis, 31 October 2007 - 03:46 PM.
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