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Upgrading XP Home to XP Pro

Need advice if I can do this upgrade.

   
1:18 am on Sep 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I have an HP pavilion a300n computer that came with XP home installed. I now want to upgrade to XP Pro using a microsoft upgrade disc. I was told that because my XP Home system was install on the computer when I bought it and that I don't have a system disk only a recover disk, it could not be upgraded. Is this true? Thanks 1geo.
1:35 am on Sep 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member jdmorgan is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



Previous versions of Windows accept the recovery disk. Some, finding the OEM installation, don't even ask for it. And from what I recall, all upgrades offer to create a roll-back to the previous OS.

It's been awhile, and I'm sorry for the somewhat non-committal answer, but I'd go ahead and try it, myself... unless someone else posts information to the contrary here. Frankly, I suspect an awful lot of "Pro" upgrade disks are used this way, and I'd be surprised if it didn't work.

BTW, is your disk a Service Pack 2 disk, or have they got SP3 disks on the market yet? If not, be ready for the SP3 download... :)

Jim

6:30 am on Sep 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member beedeedubbleu is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



I did this myself a couple of years ago and I didn't have any problems.

I found this on a MS forum ...

[In order to upgrade from Windows XP Home Edition to Windows XP Professional, you must purchase a "retail version" of Windows XP Professional. An OEM version of Windows XP Professional can only be used if you wish to reformat your hard drive and perform a "clean install".]