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Installing XP Professsional over top of XP Home

by pjmystic / July 13, 2005 11:44 PM PDT

I just bought a new computer that will have xp home edition preloaded on it when it arrives. I have a copy of XP Pro that I would like to install on it and I figure this would be the best time to do it. Is this going to be a difficult task? It's not an upgrade edition, it's the full install of XP Pro. I'm just wondering what I need to do to accomplish this? Thanks in advance.

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Just the SP issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 13, 2005 11:49 PM PDT

Your new machine will have SP2. Your XP Pro CD has to have SP2 or it may balk. Fix? Call for a replacement CD (mine was free last time) or look up AUTOSTREAMER to make your own.

The full version will upgrade XP Home just fine. If you do a clean install, you will be ready to find any and all drivers since Microsoft won't do this for you.


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another question
by pjmystic / July 14, 2005 12:03 AM PDT
In reply to: Just the SP issue.

Thanks for the quick response. The copy of XP Pro I have is from my company that has multiple licenses. I have four disks. The first 2 are XP Pro discs 1 and 2, which I'm assuming will prompt me to install one after the other. The 3rd disk is SP1 and the 4th disc is SP2. I'm assuming I will then install SP1 and then SP2? Is that how I want to proceed? Thanks again.

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It's very simple.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 14, 2005 12:13 AM PDT
In reply to: another question

You don't have XP Pro SP2 ready to install. As such you can either take the route I noted or call your IT for a proper CD. The corporate updates do issue XP Pro SP2 today unless they let the support lapse.

You could attempt to make a proper XP Pro SP2 CD if you have some shady CD and can't tell us about your lacking IT staff.

-> I've warned you about the drivers so I won't rewrite that.

In closing, I've seen this far too many times now. A new machine arrives with XP Home SP2. The user attempts to install/upgrade with XP Pro (no SP or a SP less than SP2) and it will not work. Furthermore, your company provides the support. Can you tell us why you are posting here?


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by pjmystic / July 14, 2005 12:22 AM PDT
In reply to: It's very simple.

I'll check w/ our IT person and see what he has to say. My guess is I'm just going to leave it alone before I mess something up. They're not usually very helpful when it comes to helping w/ a home computer. Thanks a lot for the responses.

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New computer with XP Home...
by Papa Echo / July 14, 2005 12:05 AM PDT

Brand name OEM ? Will the warranty be void if you install XP Pro on it ?

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Vey good question
by pjmystic / July 14, 2005 12:13 AM PDT

It's a Dell, hadn't thought of that.

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Yes. The warranty is voided.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 14, 2005 12:14 AM PDT

But you can get the warranty back in full by restoring the OS as supplied.


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by Alan Copeland / July 14, 2005 3:14 AM PDT

Will MS supply a free XP Pro SP2 disk for OEM XPHome SP2 upgrade?

My machine is a new HP Pavilion w/XP Home SP2.
I am faced with the same isue, however I don't HAVE to have Pro even though it was on my old (now the wife's)PC.

I am not so concerned about warranty since that is only 6 months or so, and I might as well wait 5 more months to avoid that issue. Thanks.

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They did in my case (and others).
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 14, 2005 3:40 AM PDT
In reply to: Bob

It was a replacement CD for the full retail XP Pro that had only SP1. You call and ask for it. If your reciept for the XP Pro is in the right timeframe you may get lucky.

The warranty isn't so black and white. While the hardware still has a warranty, unless you get the XP Pro from the maker they tend to not talk to you about repairs until you reload it as it came from the factory. And certainly they want some tokens (green stuff) if you want OS or applications support.


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