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Windows XP Home to Pro

by fellmann / March 17, 2005 10:41 PM PST

My Computer is running with Windows XP Home Edition. Now I got a original Windows XP Professional Version (legal). Is it possible to upgrade without new installation?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 17, 2005 10:55 PM PST
In reply to: Windows XP Home to Pro

Why the (legal) notation? The only (legal) version is the one that is yours and the best one comes in the retail package. It would be foolish to try to skirt this license or try to use a (legal) version that came bundled with some other machine.

Are you ready for total data loss?


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Windows XP Home to Pro
by John.Wilkinson / March 18, 2005 4:55 AM PST
In reply to: Windows XP Home to Pro

When you insert the disk and restart, there will be an option that allows you to simply upgrade, and not overwrite all of your current files. Just be sure to have a backup of all of you files/programs first, as this process isn't foolproof.

When I first tried to upgrade, I was prompted to restart half way through to complete the installation. Once it restarted, it malfunctioned and entered a continuous loop of attempting to install the same files. After a few hours of hoping it would correct itself, I had to pull the plug, and start perform a fresh/full installation of XP Pro, which wiped out all of my files...glad I had a backup!

Good luck and enjoy the added functionality,

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