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Anonymous
March 3, 2005 1:41:02 PM

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My computer is running on XP PRO but I need to bring in upgrades thru service
pak 2 in order to run 2 programs I recently installed. I do not have the
disk for XP Pro & I am willing to purchase a full version. I would perfer
not to spend the $300 on PRO if I can use XP Home. I don't need any of the
features XP Pro has over the Home version. Can I buy & install Home without
losing files created in XP Pro. Is it as simple as loading Home then
removing PRO?

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Anonymous
March 3, 2005 2:55:46 PM

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No. You cannot overwrite Pro with Home without doing a clean install.

Anyway, why do you need the cd to update the system at the Windows Update
site? You can install Service Pack 2 from the web or a Service Pack 2 cd
you can order from Microsoft or pick up at someplace like Best Buy or Office
Depot (for free) without the XP cd. Just be sure to back up your computer
first (if you can) in case something goes wrong (power outage, whatever).
Be sure to clean the system of viruses and spyware before starting.

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"MSS" <MSS@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> My computer is running on XP PRO but I need to bring in upgrades thru
> service
> pak 2 in order to run 2 programs I recently installed. I do not have the
> disk for XP Pro & I am willing to purchase a full version. I would perfer
> not to spend the $300 on PRO if I can use XP Home. I don't need any of the
> features XP Pro has over the Home version. Can I buy & install Home
> without
> losing files created in XP Pro. Is it as simple as loading Home then
> removing PRO?
Anonymous
March 3, 2005 3:55:27 PM

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MSS wrote:
> My computer is running on XP PRO but I need to bring in upgrades thru
> service pak 2 in order to run 2 programs I recently installed. I do
> not have the disk for XP Pro & I am willing to purchase a full
> version. I would perfer not to spend the $300 on PRO if I can use XP
> Home. I don't need any of the features XP Pro has over the Home
> version. Can I buy & install Home without losing files created in XP
> Pro. Is it as simple as loading Home then removing PRO?

Windows XP Home is "below" Windows XP Professional. You cannot downgrade.
If you want Windows XP Home, you will be doing a clean installation.

My guess is the part you are leaving out is that your Windows XP
Professional installation was not a licensed (properly) edition - because if
it is - just upgrade to SP2.

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Anonymous
March 3, 2005 3:55:28 PM

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If Shenan is correct and you are not running an authorized copy of XP, then
all you have to do is bop down to the local computer outlet and buy a copy
of XP Pro full edition with SP2 already included and do a repair install.
That will legitimize your system and you will have a much more pleasurable
experience with it.

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"Shenan Stanley" <newshelper@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> MSS wrote:
>> My computer is running on XP PRO but I need to bring in upgrades thru
>> service pak 2 in order to run 2 programs I recently installed. I do
>> not have the disk for XP Pro & I am willing to purchase a full
>> version. I would perfer not to spend the $300 on PRO if I can use XP
>> Home. I don't need any of the features XP Pro has over the Home
>> version. Can I buy & install Home without losing files created in XP
>> Pro. Is it as simple as loading Home then removing PRO?
>
> Windows XP Home is "below" Windows XP Professional. You cannot downgrade.
> If you want Windows XP Home, you will be doing a clean installation.
>
> My guess is the part you are leaving out is that your Windows XP
> Professional installation was not a licensed (properly) edition - because
> if it is - just upgrade to SP2.
>
> --
> <- Shenan ->
> --
> The information is provided "as is", it is suggested you research for
> yourself before you take any advice - you are the one ultimately
> responsible for your actions/problems/solutions. Know what you are
> getting into before you jump in with both feet.
>
Anonymous
March 3, 2005 5:39:23 PM

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In news:5DA9D8B5-1EAC-48F5-B883-C06EF1A0BD17@microsoft.com,
MSS <MSS@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:

> My computer is running on XP PRO but I need to bring in
> upgrades thru
> service pak 2 in order to run 2 programs I recently installed.
> I do
> not have the disk for XP Pro


You don't need it to install SP2. Just download and install SP2
(or order the free SP2 CD from Microsoft).


> & I am willing to purchase a full
> version. I would perfer not to spend the $300 on PRO if I can
> use XP
> Home. I don't need any of the features XP Pro has over the Home
> version. Can I buy & install Home without losing files created
> in XP
> Pro.

Sorry, no. That's a downgrade and downgrades aren't supported. If
you do this, you'll need to backup your data, do a clean
installation of XP Home, then restore your data from the backups.

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Anonymous
March 4, 2005 12:56:18 PM

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On Thu, 3 Mar 2005 10:41:02 -0800, MSS <MSS@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

>My computer is running on XP PRO but I need to bring in upgrades thru service
>pak 2 in order to run 2 programs I recently installed. I do not have the
>disk for XP Pro & I am willing to purchase a full version. I would perfer
>not to spend the $300 on PRO if I can use XP Home. I don't need any of the
>features XP Pro has over the Home version. Can I buy & install Home without
>losing files created in XP Pro. Is it as simple as loading Home then
>removing PRO?

I knew there was something wrong with that quote. I just got a new machine and
if I'd been told the OS was going to run 2/3rds the cost of the machine, I'd
have stuck with my P1 win98.

that $299.00 price is directly from the M$ web site

> Microsoft Windows XP Professional W/SP2 (1-Pack) $169.00
>http://comtekcomputers.com/catalog/index.php?manufactur...
that's what I paid. about $50.00 more than XP home.
Plus you get the CD for that price. I would hope so for that much.

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