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Upgrading from XP Home to Pro

by Marc T. / October 13, 2004 3:34 AM PDT

The recent question from Christina in the c|net newsletter ( prompted me to write the following:

I would like to upgrade my laptop from XP Home (which came pre-installed) to XP Pro. I also will re-apply XP SP2 after the upgrade.

In XP Home, I had changed the default Local "Administrator" name to another name, in an effort to make the computer slightly more secure (this kind of tactic is suggested in Let's say, for example, that I changed the LA name to "Bambi" and that the changed default Administrator account is now found at C:\Documents and Settings\Bambi instead of \Administrator.

I have created another account with full Administrator privileges.

My question: will a different Local Administrator name in XP Home cause problems in the upgrade to XP Pro? And if so, what do I do to make sure the upgrade goes as safely and as smoothly as possible?

I've tried to find a straight answer in Microsoft's KB and other resources but I haven't found one yet. I was thinking of trying to manually change the name "Bambi" in the directory structure back to "Administrator" and going from there, but I was worried about problems in the registry with embedded and hidden keys and such that might prevent the upgrade from working well.

Thanks in advance!

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