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want to go to xp pro over xp home


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#1 ltdave

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 08:30 AM

can i load xp pro over xp home without destroying all of my other files (docs, pics, excels, programs etc) or do i need to back them all up to an alternative source before upgrading with pro?

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 08:57 AM

Yes, providing that the license for the XP Pro allows you to (for example, I'd suspect that you couldn't do this with an OEM copy of XP - but I'm not real sure).

Ensure that you choose the Upgrade option from within Windows - that'll save your stuff during the upgrade. If it's not available, don't try to force it - you may destroy your data this way.

OTOH - I don't like upgrade installations. They've given me more problems than I care to deal with. I prefer a clean installation - that way you don't import the problems from the old installation.
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Posted 14 December 2008 - 11:21 AM

this isnt an upgrade disk but the whole version (assuming that they really are different 'things')

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 12:04 PM

If it's a full version you'll be able to do the upgrade by launching the disk while you're in Windows
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Posted 15 December 2008 - 02:53 AM

Back up all your data and reformat.




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