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Tried to upgrade XP Home OEM to XP Pro


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#1 Izzy

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Posted 24 June 2005 - 06:04 AM

how can WIndows XP Home OEM be newer than XP Professional?

Why can't you just upgrade to the professional?

DO i need to take SP2 off?

What about all the windows updates?

Is it worth it?

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Posted 24 June 2005 - 08:51 AM

what exactly is the problem/ question

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Posted 24 June 2005 - 09:44 AM

to the installer on the XP Pro cd, what you have installed
(XP Home) is equal to what is available on the cd...
so that leads to the confusing error about not being
able to upgrade Home.

the only way i have successfuly upgraded a machine from
Home to Pro is to backup what stuff you want to keep,
boot from the Pro cd, remove the partition that Home is
on, and install Pro to the now blank partition.

i know this sounds horrible...
but it does work.

--rex

Edited by rexifelis, 24 June 2005 - 09:45 AM.

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reference to the specific strip that my quote came from.

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Posted 24 June 2005 - 01:16 PM

XP Pro's advantages over XP Home are mainly improved security and easier networking.

SP 2 is critical for either one.

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Posted 24 June 2005 - 04:24 PM

It's hard for me to wipe out Home to put on Pro because i haven't got a home CD because the 4CD recovery thingy and all my drivers and things are on it if i need to restore computer it only uses the first 3 CD. the 4th cd has a folder labelled "Drivers" which -

AGP
Audio
Keyboard
Modem
Mouse
Network
Video

insidei don't know about the CD-Rom, CD burner and DVD burner (ALL-In-ONE) though.

Is there any help from the above information?

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Posted 24 June 2005 - 09:00 PM

What type of installation cd do you have for Win XP Pro?

Retail full version
OEM full version
or Upgrade?

I think that will determine what you must do to install it.

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Posted 24 June 2005 - 09:07 PM

Retail - i exchanged upgrade for a retail because the upgrade won't work on OEM

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Posted 25 June 2005 - 12:21 AM

Ok, so you cannot update then. You must do a full retail, clean installation following all the steps.

Reformat and have fun!

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Posted 25 June 2005 - 02:31 AM

so how do i get all the drivers that i need for keyboard, mouse, monitor, CD/DVD burner, Audio?

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Posted 25 June 2005 - 05:09 PM

ok, if i do a clean install of windows xp pro,

can i back up anything saving me havng to install everything like programs in programs folder, internet connection, Office Outlook etc,
drivers, drivers are te most important, on the recovery cd there is a folder called drivers here is a list:

AGP: Audio: Keyboard: Modem: Mouse: Network: Video.

Would that be all i would need?

I don't see one for the CD/DVD player/burnere (ALL-IN-ONE).

On the hardrive i found the following:

Zdisks and 2 subfolders - disksets & drivers and they are the same that are on that disk could i back them up and i should be fine?

i have never done this before so i'm trying but if i get a bit on the you know i won't continue but i wanna try.

Edited by Izzy, 25 June 2005 - 05:13 PM.


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Posted 25 June 2005 - 05:38 PM

so how do i get all the drivers that i need for keyboard, mouse, monitor, CD/DVD burner, Audio?

You can go to the manufacturer's support sites and download their most current drivers, save them on a cd (write down or print out their website addys too).

Backup your favorites folder and your email data.

Then do the clean install.

Edited by Enthusiast, 25 June 2005 - 05:45 PM.


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Posted 25 June 2005 - 06:04 PM

i backed up my programs folder and drivers folder from the hardrive
i'm burning to DVD now because 1.5GB in size. now how do i format the hardrive to wipe windows OEM off?

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Posted 25 June 2005 - 06:23 PM

if i decide to go back to home OEM am i able to do that or will it be history to use again?

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Posted 25 June 2005 - 06:32 PM

if i leave the XP Pro CD in drive and reboot PC it won't work it just boots normally.

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Posted 25 June 2005 - 10:02 PM

Complete install instructions on a clean disc:

http://www.informationweek.com/story/showA...00051&pgno=6#13




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