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How do I upgrade from XP Home to XP Professional


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#1 bsgranpa

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 08:38 PM

I just did a fresh install using my Toshiba Recovery disk. It took me back to XP Home. Last year, I had a friend who upgraded to Pro on my laptop. My backups are based on the "Ntbackup.msi" utility which was part of Pro. I am trying to restore my last backup and find that I can't without the XP Home disk (which of course was not included with my new laptop six years ago). I thought that if I had the Pro I could add the backup utility. Somehow, that does not seem to exist on the Pro disk as far as I can see. I have searched the disk and do not find that file. I would like to restore and maybe there is another work around. Any help will be appreciated.

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 08:56 PM

No need to install XP Pro.

The backup utility on the Pro disk...is the same one that's available to Home users via download.

WindowsXP Tips, Installing NTBackup on XP Home - http://www.onecomputerguy.com/windowsxp_tips.htm. Scroll down to Installing the Backup Programs...

Using NTBackup in XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308422

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 09:19 PM

Somehow, I just knew that you would be "johnny on the spot" and dead on with help. Thank you, Louis. I know now that I do not need to upgrade to Pro in order to restore. However, since I have purchased the XP Pro OS, can I use it to upgrade? Is there any advantage? Disadvantages?

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 09:29 PM

XP Home is more for the regular user like web surfing, email checker, and the like.

XP Pro is more for the office user and power users who like to tinker with things.

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 09:43 PM

If you decide to install XP Pro...just make sure it's a clean install where you delete the current XP Home partition first.

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