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3:48 pm on Feb 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have 5 workstations that I want to upgrade from XP Home to XP Pro.

I've only done one and I'm having a problem. The upgrade was going smoothly, it rebooted and began copying file to the install folder. Right after that I receive a blue screen stating that the upgrade was stopping so that damage wouldn't occur on my computer.

I rebooted but the error continues to pop up. I booted from the CD to see if I could continue on with the install but it is asking me for an Administrator password. This is my kids computer and I don't recall ever setting a password. If I set a password, where would I use it in the XP Home environment? Basically, what normal functions would require the Administrator password? Any help would be appreciated. I would like to finsh the install without losing programs and data.

Also, what steps should I take before upgrading the other 4 workstation. Do I disable anti-virus software, disconnect all peripherals, disconnect the ethernet cable?
Any suggestions are appreciated.

Thanks.

3:07 pm on Feb 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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hi randyh

welcome to WebmasterWorld :o)

can you give a few more details, for example what software (other than OS) are you running on the workstations?

any special hardware being used?

can you reproduce the error, and post what it says (exactly)?

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3:53 pm on Feb 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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This is a very basic computer. It is a Dell 2400 and the kids loaded a few games on it. It does have Sonic (CD Burning Software on it which came already preload with the computer.

I'll attempt to type the error message when I get home this evening.

4:01 pm on Feb 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Er, when did they ever bring out an upgrade from Home to Pro?

There is nothing like a clean install. Back everything up, format the drive and start from scratch.

11:18 pm on Mar 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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There is nothing like a clean install. Back everything up, format the drive and start from scratch.
Yes, always backup!
11:32 pm on Mar 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Normally you are asked to set the administrators password when you install xp. So whoever installed xp should have set it.

I agree though I alway find that the best way is to backup format install fresh

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I rebooted but the error continues to pop up. I booted from the CD to see if I could continue on with the install but it is asking me for an Administrator password.

If you didnt set a password just press enter when it asks you for one.