Can I upgrade to XP Pro from XP Home

OkasonOkason Member Posts: 57 ■■□□□□□□□□
Hi all..Happy Thanskgiving Please can someone tell me if I can upgrade from XP Pro to XP Home without loosing all my personal settings or do I need to do a full back up. Either way whats the best way to go about this and/or whats the best backup tool to use.
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  • mobri09mobri09 Users Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 723
    Do you mean downgrade from XP pro to XP home.
    PRO is much better than home!
  • OkasonOkason Member Posts: 57 ■■□□□□□□□□
    No I mean Puogarading from XP Home to XP Pro, I have XP Home installed and I want to Upgra de to XP Pro.
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  • determinedgermandeterminedgerman Member Posts: 168
    Hey Okason,

    Try this here. This is a upgrade checker from Microsoft. It will tell you if you are able to upgrade from Windows XP Home to Windows XP Pro or not.

    Upgrade Advisor:

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/upgrading/advisor.mspx

    Upgrade Eligibility:

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/upgrading/matrix.mspx

    After looking at those links, YES you can upgrade to XP Pro but it will not tell you if you will loose data or not. I didn't read that far....

    Hope this helps....
  • draineydrainey Member Posts: 261
    I have upgraded Home to Pro without loss of data and personal settings for clients, but in my book a clean install is always better. It's more work to back up your data, do a clean install, reinstall programs and tweak them the way you like them again, but you usually get a more stable system that way.
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  • JDMurrayJDMurray MSIT InfoSec, CISSP, SSCP, GSEC, EnCE, C|EH, CySA+, PenTest+, CASP+, Security+ Surf City, USAAdmin Posts: 12,077 Admin
    Reformatting is recommended when upgrading the actual operating system, such as going from Windows 98 to Windows XP. However, Windows XP Home and Pro are the same operating system. The major difference is that Pro comes with a few additional utilities and features that allow it to work in a Windows Active Directory environment.

    Have a look at the comparison:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/howtobuy/choosing2.mspx
  • WebmasterWebmaster Admin Posts: 10,292 Admin
    I agree. The reason for 'unstableness' after an upgrade is usually that the previous windows leaves artifacts and incompatibility between drivers/software and the new OS. When upgrading from XP home to XP pro that should not be an issue. Plus if you can always try an upgrade first.
  • NDoscherNDoscher Member Posts: 3 ■□□□□□□□□□
    I'm having the same issue here.

    I need to upgrade home to pro. I do NOT want to format. I do NOT want a clean install. I just want to upgrade. How do I do it?

    I boot from cd, follow directions, hit REPAIR because I need to repair my broken computer, and I get a message saying Which installation would i like to log on to? And then a blinking cursor. I type 1 then enter, type passwrod, then I'm brought to c prompt.

    Again, I do not want to format unless it is absolutely necessary.
  • RussSRussS Member Posts: 2,068 ■■■□□□□□□□
    There are two usual ways to do an upgrade installation. The first way is to run the install from within Windows (this is the recommended way) and the second is to use the repair installation method. To do it that way you want to go for install at the first prompt and then select repair at the second prompt.
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  • NDoscherNDoscher Member Posts: 3 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Can I repair be done while windows is running? IN other words, can I repair windows without having to screw up boot sequence at all?

    I already did boot from cdrom and hit repair and stuff, but as I said, It just goes to c prompt afterwards. It doesn't start the repair
  • 3000GT3000GT Member Posts: 212
    I'm having the same issue here.

    I need to upgrade home to pro. I do NOT want to format. I do NOT want a clean install. I just want to upgrade. How do I do it?

    I boot from cd, follow directions, hit REPAIR because I need to repair my broken computer, and I get a message saying Which installation would i like to log on to? And then a blinking cursor. I type 1 then enter, type passwrod, then I'm brought to c prompt.

    You are loading the Recovery console by the sounds of it, you need to select the option to install windows and not repair, it will then detect a previous version of windows and ask what version of XP you would like to repair.
  • NDoscherNDoscher Member Posts: 3 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Okay thank you. Everything is finally back up and running. Thanks again
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