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Will older version xp pro install after newer xp home service pack 2

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August 8, 2008 8:55:41 AM

Hey guys i have a question? Can i install an older windows xp pro edition with out service pack 2 over a newer version of windows xp home edition with service pack 2 and still have the service pack 2 from newer home edition on my upgrade on my older pro edition if i try to install it? Will it work?

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August 8, 2008 9:16:35 AM

If anyone can answer this for me it would be much apprieciated before i go ahead and try to install the older xp pro version.
August 8, 2008 11:32:53 AM

No. You are not upgrading. You are installing a new OS. If you reformat the hard drive and install a new OS, the old installation will be lost including SP2.
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August 8, 2008 1:59:48 PM

Besides, why would you want to do that anyway? Is there some feature in Pro that you need that Home doesn't provide?
August 8, 2008 2:18:06 PM

Z - About the only thing that comes to mind why someone would actually want to do that is to attempt to get PAE working for more address space... If I recall correctly, that was nuked in SP2 by MSFT hard coding memory limits to prevent issues with people activating PAE extensions on non-server side editions of the OS.
August 8, 2008 6:39:05 PM

GPE feature is not in home, but really unless one has a network that requieres GPE that feature would never be used. I think there is underground xp codes now to enable GPE for home
August 9, 2008 6:18:44 AM

Zoron said:
Besides, why would you want to do that anyway? Is there some feature in Pro that you need that Home doesn't provide?

No there isn't! i am just going to stick with using the newer xp home service pack 2 edition.
August 9, 2008 6:23:55 AM

Ok... just wondered. If you needed to join a domain or some other thing that you can't do with Home, then I could understand the effort. You also have the option of slipstreaming SP2 into the copy of Pro that you have... but again, don't think you could do an upgrade.
August 9, 2008 6:26:00 AM

Lol ! Home doesn't have the my recent documents option on start up either, but that isn't important , just thought i would post that because it's really the only thing that i have noticed that it doesn't have.
August 9, 2008 8:42:07 AM

If it's not there by default, you can add it in.