Re: Installing XP Pro over XP Home
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2004 11:10:05 +0000
>I attempted to install XP Pro over XP Home and it said my version is older
>than the one already installed. Further instruction indicated to boot from
>the CD ROM to override the install but I could not get Windows to boot from
>the CD. I have three CD Rom drives which may be causing some confusion.
>What is the best way to approach this task? I thought about uninstalling
>all the XP Home service packs to "downgrade" my version so that XP Pro saw
>the program install as an actual upgrade. Or is there a way to change my CD
>drive letters to ensure I can boot from the ROM. Or is there a way to force
>a CD Rom boot sequence? I tried massaging the BIOS but it had the wrong CD
Your Home has been put up to SP2 - to upgrade that to Pro you need a Pro
with SP2 CD - these are coming through retail channels now, boxes marked
as such; or you can make one by 'slipstreaming' an earlier version with
the complete (266 MB) SP2
Or else bite the bullet and start clean, which means booting the CD and
in the setup *deleting* the present partition to make a new one. Use
the CD drive for boot that the BIOS tells you it will use.
Alex Nichol MS MVP (Windows Technologies)
Bournemouth, U.K. Alexn@mvps.D8E8L.org (remove the D8 bit)
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