Install XP Pro features on XP Home?

February 5, 2011 at 17:34:27
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition, Pentium 4 2.8ghz 0.5G RAM
My Toshiba laptop has Windows XP Home on it, and I have a copy of XP Pro OEM (Dell) around. Is there a way that I can enable Pro-specific features on the Home laptop? I seriously need IIS and Remote Desktop for my computer.

---postscript: I have read "Preserving OEM Pre-Activation when Reinstalling Windows XP", but I'm a little uncertain whether this will work when installing XP Pro on XP Home. (1. Will it for OEM or Retail?)

---postpostscript: I have also read about a setup that 'enables features in xp home' (allows add/remove windows components to take xp pro features). (2. Does this work, i.e. has anybody actually tried it?)


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February 5, 2011 at 17:56:12
Your OEM key would not work for the pro. You need to enable it with the pro key.

There are other ways to enable IIS and remote desktop on the web.

There are similar tools to do that also.

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February 5, 2011 at 18:10:12
Okay, forget the IIS and Remote Desktop part (even though I need them). Just how do you get actual XP Pro features (i.e. through Add/Remove Windows Components OR through upgrade install) on XP Home? Did anyone even read the postscripts?????

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February 6, 2011 at 12:46:37
I know it did work based on older tests. It may be a service pack that limits it but since you have an xp pro disk why not install it?

For iis you can easily install any number of ftp/http servers that are just as good as IIS.

As for remote desktop you may find that tools like chriscontrol will allow you to control other systems either by mstsc (remote desktop) or vnc's.

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