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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 (http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-6122-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=39863&messageID=467372) 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 http://www.microsoft.com/Learning/Books/homeandofficeuser/tips/040402.asp). 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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