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XP Home to XP Pro

by sluli / January 23, 2008 5:16 PM PST

(Apology:I tried hard to find previous threads to this topic without success since I have a feeling it may have been addressed.If there is such, I'd be satisfied with a reference to it)

I have an Acer Aspire 3000 laptop running XP Home v2002 SP2, 792mHz and 512 MB.
I need to upgrade to XP Professional. I actually need to install IIS which is required by .Net Framework to run ASP.Net. When I looked in Windows components in XP Home (Control panel) IIS was not listed. I know it is listed for installation in XP Pro.I therefore assume that XP Home does not support it.
Situation: I have a Dell Inspiron whose HD has conked out which has XP Pro installed. I have the XP Pro CD's for that.
Can I use those CD's to upgrade the Acer to XP Pro?
If yes,what precautions and advice do I need before attempting this? I will appreciate any input and help.

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Won't work
by Jimmy Greystone / January 23, 2008 7:12 PM PST
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It won't work, those Dell CDs have been modified so that they will only activate on Dell systems. When you do eventually get XP Pro, and install IIS, be sure to be VERY careful with it. IIS can be a huge security headache if you aren't VERY careful about how you configure it, and if you don't keep it properly patched.

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I suppose
by sluli / January 23, 2008 10:43 PM PST
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then I'll just have to replace the HD on the old Dell. If I do that will those CD's install XP Pro from scratch (vs. re-installing)and will they not question the new drive? (I'm not clear what the CD's examine to decide whether to work or not - i.e. decide if Dell sytem or not)

By the way your note Jimmy hints/suggests that the upgrade I'm contemplating would work on another Dell running a Home XP OS, all else being the same as in my original question. Am I right.

Thanks all the same for clearing up my basic question.

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Just links about...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 24, 2008 5:11 AM PST
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by sluli / January 24, 2008 10:13 AM PST
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gentlemen,this answers my questions.

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