installing XP pro over Xp home

Dell / Inspiron 2650
June 23, 2010 at 07:00:41
Specs: XP SP2, 256 mb
The computer I bought has XP Home edition installed. I have heard that XP pro is better. Can I install it over my customized version of XP Home?
...... john

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June 23, 2010 at 07:13:08
Not better - just a couple of features in Pro version that is not needed in a home environment such as being able to remote control it using Windows Remote Desktop Connection and some Security features.

You show as having only 256 Mb RAM so instaling Pro is not going to provide anything 'better'.


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June 23, 2010 at 07:55:48
I agree with Bryan. There is little to be gained from installing XP Prof unless you are working in a commercial environment.

If you want to make things better, more RAM is a definite starting point. 510 Mbs at least, 1 Gb if you can manage it.


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June 23, 2010 at 08:54:17
Yea, save your WinXP CD for another computer or sell it. That is assuming you have a full version and not an OEM restore disk.

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June 23, 2010 at 09:16:13
I too agree. Unless you use the system in a business environment, there's no real advantages of having the PRO version.

It's a good day when you learn something

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June 23, 2010 at 09:59:00
Thank you all for your advice. On that.... I will leave it as is. I am going to put more memory it. This thing will only take 500mbs, so I'm stuck with that.
One of the reasons I wanted to switch it to pro is that I could then use my pro installation disk when the system calls for it. I don't have the Home installation disk. The os came installed on the computer, and no disks.
.... john

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June 23, 2010 at 10:20:45
Then you probably can create a restore set. Only one restore set is allowed. If no one ever made a set for the computer you should still be able to do it. You may still be able to order a restore set from Dell too.

If you get a restore set you can slipstream missing service packs and other items into the original files and burn a new updated CD. nLite OS can accomplish that for you and is easy to use.

Using your WinXP CD will cause you to lose any useful program that may have been bundled with the computer originally. Like MS Ofice/Works.

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June 23, 2010 at 11:31:13
Yes...... that's exactly the problem. There's lots of good stuff on this system, and I don't want to lose it. Maybe I should just back it up onto another drive and keep that one for a backup??
....... john

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June 23, 2010 at 21:15:33
ALWAYS back up everything you would miss if you lost it. Systems can be reinstalled, programs can be reinstalled, pictures, music, video, work or school work, resume, etc cannot usually be replaced, and if they are, they maybe expensive to replace.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.

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June 24, 2010 at 05:54:03
OK Fingers. Thanks for the help.
... john

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June 24, 2010 at 06:13:37
If you want to preserve everything on the hard drive you should consider getting an imaging program and imaging to either an external hard drive or to optical disks.

Programs by Acronis can create full backup, incremental or differential images of entire drives or just certain partitions. Restore can be done on a partition by partition basis.

I create full backups of each of my three partitions on a needed basis.

Look at the different options available from Acronis. Links below to Acronis and also to newegg, which may be cheaper than buying directly from the company.

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June 24, 2010 at 06:31:56
"Then you probably can create a restore set."

"Product: Dell / Inspiron 2650"

Dell does not have the same option as the other OEM's that allow to create restore CD'S. Dell usually sends a Dell branded OEM OS disk along with the drivers and software. Is the XP Pro an upgrade or OEM? And you can get Dell branded disk on e-bay. Here is the ebay link for dell software there are XP Pro and Home CD'S and other software. As long as the CD you install matches the COA it's legal. And as for XP Home and XP Pro I prefer XP Pro but that's just me.

Just because the OP does not come back in 3 or 4 days to reply, does not mean he will not come back and reply.

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