Purchasing Upgrade from XP Home sp3 to XP Pro

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
August 20, 2011 at 15:29:34
Specs: Windows XP Home sp3, 2.6Ghz/1.5GB
Now that XP has almost been phased out I am wondering if there is a legal way to buy XP pro upgrade (we have XP Home) for a much cheaper price than when it was a widely sold product? My main concern is that I have had issues and Home will not allow to restore backed up hives of the registry where I believe Pro does so that would be of a huge help as Home will soon have no direct support from MS.

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August 20, 2011 at 16:30:39
You can use ERUNT registry backup tool - http://www.snapfiles.com/get/erunt.... to backup and restore the registry.

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August 20, 2011 at 21:44:32
Since you already have Home, why do you need Pro? What is it that you need that Home doesn't offer?


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August 20, 2011 at 22:33:42
The xp home disk has NTBACKUP on it.

You can copy hives in xp home.

There is no reason you need xp pro unless you want to connect to an Active Directory.

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August 28, 2011 at 20:28:28
I was not sure what an Active Directory was however, after researching a little, No I do not believe I need to have an Active Directory :)

If I can somewhat easily restore a complete hive with the programs I have that would be great. I'll look more into it. Thank you for mentioning it.

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August 28, 2011 at 20:55:34
Hello mickliq,

I don't know a great deal about the differences between Home and Pro however it was my understanding that one could easily restore a full registry backup. Restore can basically do the same thing from what I understand which is great when it works for me or when it goes far enough back in time.

I would ASSUME if it has the advantage of easily backing/restoring a full registry then it would have other advantages that if I could find a legal copy for almost dirt cheap might be worth it.

Although from what you guys say if I can learn to do the same myself perhaps it isn't worth it.

I appreciate the link. I don't think I am able to take advantage of it (FAT32 HDD required) and if I want to (on a semi-frequent basis) restore it might be a very long process.

Take care,

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August 29, 2011 at 01:12:56
Alright Pappy, thank you very much as that will probably make things easier.

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