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#1 chrisjaping

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 04:42 PM

Hi,

I'm a newby to this site, which I discovered yesterday after having a lot of trouble with some Trojans on my pc.
Everything seems to be clean now, but my XP Pro (SP2) suddenly is a Home edition now, although it still behaves and looks like the ususal Pro edition.

After startup a popup "About Windows" appears and the system inofrmation also says that it's a Home edition.

I've use Spy Seeper to clean the machine , but first I tried to do things manually, also by deleting some keys and values in the registry (with the help of this site :thumbsup: )

Any ideas?

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#2 nigglesnush85

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 05:13 PM

Hello and welcome,

If you right click on my computer and select properties, it will tell you what the OS is its version and so on, could you post that info here?
Regards,

Alan.

#3 chrisjaping

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 05:21 PM

The My Computer Properties say:
System:

Microsoft Windows XP
Home Edition
Version 2002
Servicepack 2



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Posted 14 January 2008 - 05:54 PM

but first I tried to do things manually, also by deleting some keys and values in the registry (with the help of this site :thumbsup: )

Any ideas?

So your a do-it-yourselfer when you manually fixed your computer from these trojan infections?
Bad idea.
If you did save those registry edits then put'em back in the registry. I would even go as far as doing a system restore to a few days before you did the registry deletions and yes you could re-infect your system again. But this time get pro help in the "what if I'm infected forum" on how best to deal with this.
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#5 chrisjaping

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 06:13 PM

I was already busy for hours trying to find ways to get rid of the trojans, so I forgot to save the registry entries I edited.
I'm reluctant to do a restore (which I already did yesterday),but if that's the only way to get things right...
I must say that this Home edition business does not affect the performance of my machine.

Edited by chrisjaping, 14 January 2008 - 06:14 PM.


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Posted 14 January 2008 - 06:18 PM

I'm reluctant to do a restore (which I already did yesterday),but if that's the only way to get things right...

I never said it will get things right but on the contrary warned you could reinfect your computer. Doing the system restore was a way of getting the registry entries you deleted back.
After the restore check out this forum here at BC-
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/103/am-i-infected-what-do-i-do/
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Posted 14 January 2008 - 06:32 PM

Yes, thanks, I know what you meant.
There is no known registry key where the information about the Windows edition is set?

Thanks anyway, I'll probably follow your advise.

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 06:41 PM

There's probably, most likely is a key for that.
I'll go get another 6-pack and see if I can track it down for ya. :thumbsup:
Came across this site where you can use a script to do this. Seems a bit dauting but doable-
http://www.askvg.com/hacking-system-proper...-in-windows-xp/

Edited by CTH_Tom, 14 January 2008 - 07:02 PM.

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 07:11 PM

there's very little difference between pro and home

better to act as quasi-server in a network

has fax software

can join a domain

otherwise they pretty much act and look the same
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Posted 14 January 2008 - 08:33 PM

XP Pro will not revert to XP home under any circustances unless Windows is reinstalled with Home.
I think this is the case

As Chewy states, the real difference is with networking

Edited by Eyesee, 14 January 2008 - 08:34 PM.

In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 08:57 PM

That's right, they're pretty much the same.
Bugs me that I cannot fix this (I mean, it is the Pro edition) and the "About Windows" dialog popping up right after start-up is also not normal.

I downloaded Resource Hacker and looking at some of the values in the shell32.dll might give me a clue as to where to find the registry value that controls it.

Thanks!

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 09:01 PM

The point is, I think:
Windows didn't really revert from Pro to Home, it just says so. What I want to find out is: where did this come from?
From the networking management tools I can tell it's still my old Pro...

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 09:37 PM

Bugs me that I cannot fix this (I mean, it is the Pro edition)


and what do you base this statement on?

Do you have the sticker on the computer case with eula and the numbers showing as specified?

Without documentation we can't be sure?

I have had commercial clients that swore upon a stack of bibles they bought pro not home and asked me to repair their computers and when I received the actual computer it said home on the sticker.
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Posted 15 January 2008 - 04:21 PM

I installed a licensed XP Pro version after buying my pc, which had XP Home installed. I have the numbers of the Pro version, I'm just not sure which number you'd like to see.

Because I regularly checked some information by looking at the Windows System Information I'm pretty sure it always was XP Professional Edition. Since the trojan troubles of three days ago I get the popup after start-up, which is unusual, even for Home (I think?).

Could something have caused windows to revert to the original Home edition that came with my Acer Aspire 1711SMi?

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Posted 15 January 2008 - 05:25 PM

licensed XP Pro version


comes with an eula, certificate of authenticity and the fancy cd with holographic graphic?

if that's what you actually installed then I have never heard of windows reverting to another version?

It could have been run as an upgrade???? from within windows home itself?
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