installed XP Pro but PC boots into XP home

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
November 30, 2010 at 13:35:01
Specs: Windows XP pro, Pentium (R) 4 CPU 3GHz, 1GB ram
Hi there
I have a Dell Dimension 5150 and recently I tried to reinstall the Win XP pro OS. I changed the BIOS boot up squence to boot from CD and started the install process. Went through the format and loading files ok. When asked to press F6 for Raid drivers, I instead pressed F5 and selected "Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) PC" rest of the process completes OK however Iam never asked for the license code. When the pc reboots at the end of the install process it boots up with win XP (not the Pro edition). What am I doing wrong?

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#1
November 30, 2010 at 14:42:20
You are using the dell supplied xp cd?
What OS did it come with orginally?

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#2
December 2, 2010 at 09:19:13
Got to start> run> msconfig> hit return then click on the 'boot.ini. tab I think or something similar to that, when it shows you the installations on the machine, make sure pro is the top one, or the default.

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January 5, 2011 at 08:18:01
Got to start> run> msconfig> hit return then click on the 'boot.ini. tab I think or something similar to that, when it shows you the installations on the machine, make sure pro is the top one, or the default.

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Hi there bettsy583
tried what you said and professional is the only thing listed under [operating saystems]. above this in the [boot loader] section there is the line
default=multi(0)disk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS

does this look right?


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#4
January 5, 2011 at 08:19:29
Hi Wanderer

The machine came with windows XP professional and has the auth code sticker on the case. The disk I am using is not the original however it is an authentic XP pro SP 2 disc


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#5
January 5, 2011 at 08:40:43
You certainly have a mystery.

If you go to my computer properties it says home here?

If it does I would suspect the disk is not a legit copy. Where did you get it from?

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