XP home and Pro dual boot?

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Probably a stupid question, but can I create a dual boot system. One side Pro
and the other Home?

Or better yet, can I install pro over home and keep my computer intact?
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    "jetta878" <jetta878@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    > Probably a stupid question, but can I create a dual boot system. One
    > side Pro and the other Home?

    Yes, although this doesn't make too much sense.

    > Or better yet, can I install pro over home and keep my computer intact?

    No problem when using a retail version. Anyway, backup important data
    before.

    --
    d-d
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Do you have a link that can assist me, or is this just a matter of putting in
    the Pro CD and letting it go?

    I'm going to go buy Pro. Is that what you mean by retail?

    "Detlev Dreyer" wrote:

    > "jetta878" <jetta878@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >
    > > Probably a stupid question, but can I create a dual boot system. One
    > > side Pro and the other Home?
    >
    > Yes, although this doesn't make too much sense.
    >
    > > Or better yet, can I install pro over home and keep my computer intact?
    >
    > No problem when using a retail version. Anyway, backup important data
    > before.
    >
    > --
    > d-d
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Detlev Dreyer wrote:

    >> Or better yet, can I install pro over home and keep my computer
    >> intact?
    >
    > No problem when using a retail version.

    Addendum: There will be a problem when trying to install XP Pro SP1
    (or RTM) on top of XP Home SP2. However, this issue can be resolved
    in most cases.

    --
    d-d
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    jetta878 wrote:

    > Probably a stupid question, but can I create a dual boot system. One
    > side Pro and the other Home?


    Yes, but since there's nothing in Home that isn't also in Professional,
    there's no reason to do this.


    > Or better yet, can I install pro over home and keep my computer
    > intact?


    Certainly, as long as you use a retail version of Professional. An OEM
    version won't do upgrades.

    If you have SP2 on your Home installation, be sure that the Professional
    version has it too. If not, you'll need to slipstream SP2 into it. Read
    here: http://forum.aumha.org/viewtopic.php?t=7262

    Be sure to back up your data first, though, just in case something unusual
    goes wrong.

    Are you sure you need Professional? XP Professional and XP Home are exactly
    the same in all respects, except that Professional has a few features
    (mostly related to networking and security) missing from Home. For most (but
    not all) home users, even those with a home network, these features aren't
    needed, would never be used, and upgrading to Professional is a waste of
    money.

    --
    Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
    Please reply to the newsgroup
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    "jetta878" <jetta878@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    > Do you have a link that can assist me, or is this just a matter of
    > putting in the Pro CD and letting it go?

    It's just a matter of putting in the Pro CD and letting it go.

    > I'm going to go buy Pro. Is that what you mean by retail?

    Retail version != OEM/DSP/SB versions

    Although it has been reported that some SB (System Builder) CDs
    may be used for upgrading XP Home to XP Pro under running Windows,
    this is not for sure. Ask the vendor for a retail CD (both update
    version and full version will work) and make sure that it's the
    latest release (SP2). Note that you need another license (key) for
    XP Pro.

    --
    d-d
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    Thanks for the advice Ken!

    I need XP pro for the Remote Desktop feature.

    So I need an updated install of XP home, then I backup my data, set bios to
    boot from CD, and away I go?

    "Ken Blake" wrote:

    > jetta878 wrote:
    >
    > > Probably a stupid question, but can I create a dual boot system. One
    > > side Pro and the other Home?
    >
    >
    > Yes, but since there's nothing in Home that isn't also in Professional,
    > there's no reason to do this.
    >
    >
    > > Or better yet, can I install pro over home and keep my computer
    > > intact?
    >
    >
    > Certainly, as long as you use a retail version of Professional. An OEM
    > version won't do upgrades.
    >
    > If you have SP2 on your Home installation, be sure that the Professional
    > version has it too. If not, you'll need to slipstream SP2 into it. Read
    > here: http://forum.aumha.org/viewtopic.php?t=7262
    >
    > Be sure to back up your data first, though, just in case something unusual
    > goes wrong.
    >
    > Are you sure you need Professional? XP Professional and XP Home are exactly
    > the same in all respects, except that Professional has a few features
    > (mostly related to networking and security) missing from Home. For most (but
    > not all) home users, even those with a home network, these features aren't
    > needed, would never be used, and upgrading to Professional is a waste of
    > money.
    >
    > --
    > Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
    > Please reply to the newsgroup
    >
    >
    >
  7. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    In news:D1A810DD-FE03-421F-9647-B2456985D05F@microsoft.com,
    jetta878 <jetta878@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:

    > Thanks for the advice Ken!


    You're welcome. Glad to help.


    > I need XP pro for the Remote Desktop feature.


    OK, just wanted to make sure. Some people want it because they
    erroneously think it's "better."


    > So I need an updated install of XP home, then I backup my data,
    > set
    > bios to boot from CD, and away I go?


    When you say you "an updated install of XP home," what do you
    mean? Are you planning to do a clean installation of XP Home,
    then follow that with an upgrade to XP Professional?

    If so, no, don't do that. The requirement to use an upgrade
    version is to *own* a previous qualifying version's installation
    CD (with an OEM restore CD, see below), not to have it installed.
    When setup doesn't find a previous qualifying version installed,
    it will prompt you to insert its CD as proof of ownership. Just
    insert the previous version's CD, and follow the prompts.
    Everything proceeds quite normally and quite legitimately.

    You can also do a clean installation if you have an OEM restore
    CD of a previous qualifying version. It's more complicated, but
    it *can* be done. First restore from the Restore CD. Then run the
    XP upgrade CD from within that restored system, and change from
    Upgrade to New Install. When it asks where, press Esc to delete
    the partition and start over.


    --
    Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
    Please reply to the newsgroup
    --
    Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
    Please reply to the newsgroup


    > "Ken Blake" wrote:
    >
    >> jetta878 wrote:
    >>
    >>> Probably a stupid question, but can I create a dual boot
    >>> system. One
    >>> side Pro and the other Home?
    >>
    >>
    >> Yes, but since there's nothing in Home that isn't also in
    >> Professional, there's no reason to do this.
    >>
    >>
    >>> Or better yet, can I install pro over home and keep my
    >>> computer
    >>> intact?
    >>
    >>
    >> Certainly, as long as you use a retail version of
    >> Professional. An
    >> OEM version won't do upgrades.
    >>
    >> If you have SP2 on your Home installation, be sure that the
    >> Professional version has it too. If not, you'll need to
    >> slipstream
    >> SP2 into it. Read here:
    >> http://forum.aumha.org/viewtopic.php?t=7262
    >>
    >> Be sure to back up your data first, though, just in case
    >> something
    >> unusual goes wrong.
    >>
    >> Are you sure you need Professional? XP Professional and XP
    >> Home are
    >> exactly the same in all respects, except that Professional has
    >> a few
    >> features (mostly related to networking and security) missing
    >> from
    >> Home. For most (but not all) home users, even those with a
    >> home
    >> network, these features aren't needed, would never be used,
    >> and
    >> upgrading to Professional is a waste of money.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
    >> Please reply to the newsgroup
  8. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Sorry I guess the 'updated install' is worded wrong. What I meant was an XP
    pro install CD with SP2 already on it.

    I have the XP home CD that I got with the computer. Can't I go buy XP PRO
    SP2 and upgrade from there as long as the PRO CD is updated to SP2?

    "Ken Blake" wrote:

    > In news:D1A810DD-FE03-421F-9647-B2456985D05F@microsoft.com,
    > jetta878 <jetta878@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
    >
    > > Thanks for the advice Ken!
    >
    >
    > You're welcome. Glad to help.
    >
    >
    >
    > > I need XP pro for the Remote Desktop feature.
    >
    >
    > OK, just wanted to make sure. Some people want it because they
    > erroneously think it's "better."
    >
    >
    > > So I need an updated install of XP home, then I backup my data,
    > > set
    > > bios to boot from CD, and away I go?
    >
    >
    > When you say you "an updated install of XP home," what do you
    > mean? Are you planning to do a clean installation of XP Home,
    > then follow that with an upgrade to XP Professional?
    >
    > If so, no, don't do that. The requirement to use an upgrade
    > version is to *own* a previous qualifying version's installation
    > CD (with an OEM restore CD, see below), not to have it installed.
    > When setup doesn't find a previous qualifying version installed,
    > it will prompt you to insert its CD as proof of ownership. Just
    > insert the previous version's CD, and follow the prompts.
    > Everything proceeds quite normally and quite legitimately.
    >
    > You can also do a clean installation if you have an OEM restore
    > CD of a previous qualifying version. It's more complicated, but
    > it *can* be done. First restore from the Restore CD. Then run the
    > XP upgrade CD from within that restored system, and change from
    > Upgrade to New Install. When it asks where, press Esc to delete
    > the partition and start over.
    >
    >
    > --
    > Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
    > Please reply to the newsgroup
    > --
    > Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
    > Please reply to the newsgroup
    >
    >
    > > "Ken Blake" wrote:
    > >
    > >> jetta878 wrote:
    > >>
    > >>> Probably a stupid question, but can I create a dual boot
    > >>> system. One
    > >>> side Pro and the other Home?
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> Yes, but since there's nothing in Home that isn't also in
    > >> Professional, there's no reason to do this.
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>> Or better yet, can I install pro over home and keep my
    > >>> computer
    > >>> intact?
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> Certainly, as long as you use a retail version of
    > >> Professional. An
    > >> OEM version won't do upgrades.
    > >>
    > >> If you have SP2 on your Home installation, be sure that the
    > >> Professional version has it too. If not, you'll need to
    > >> slipstream
    > >> SP2 into it. Read here:
    > >> http://forum.aumha.org/viewtopic.php?t=7262
    > >>
    > >> Be sure to back up your data first, though, just in case
    > >> something
    > >> unusual goes wrong.
    > >>
    > >> Are you sure you need Professional? XP Professional and XP
    > >> Home are
    > >> exactly the same in all respects, except that Professional has
    > >> a few
    > >> features (mostly related to networking and security) missing
    > >> from
    > >> Home. For most (but not all) home users, even those with a
    > >> home
    > >> network, these features aren't needed, would never be used,
    > >> and
    > >> upgrading to Professional is a waste of money.
    > >>
    > >> --
    > >> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
    > >> Please reply to the newsgroup
    >
    >
    >
  9. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    In news:6F896487-B2E2-4B2A-A879-49F0CAAF76E7@microsoft.com,
    jetta878 <jetta878@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:

    > Sorry I guess the 'updated install' is worded wrong. What I
    > meant was
    > an XP pro install CD with SP2 already on it.


    OK, I understand now.


    > I have the XP home CD that I got with the computer. Can't I go
    > buy XP
    > PRO SP2 and upgrade from there as long as the PRO CD is updated
    > to
    > SP2?


    Sure. And even if you got XP Professional *without* SP2, you
    could create your own CD with it by following the slipstream
    procedure I mentioned below.

    Just make sure you buy a retail upgrade version of XP
    Professional. Again, remember that an OEM version won't do an
    upgrade.

    --
    Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
    Please reply to the newsgroup


    > "Ken Blake" wrote:
    >
    >> In news:D1A810DD-FE03-421F-9647-B2456985D05F@microsoft.com,
    >> jetta878 <jetta878@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
    >>
    >>> Thanks for the advice Ken!
    >>
    >>
    >> You're welcome. Glad to help.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>> I need XP pro for the Remote Desktop feature.
    >>
    >>
    >> OK, just wanted to make sure. Some people want it because they
    >> erroneously think it's "better."
    >>
    >>
    >>> So I need an updated install of XP home, then I backup my
    >>> data,
    >>> set
    >>> bios to boot from CD, and away I go?
    >>
    >>
    >> When you say you "an updated install of XP home," what do you
    >> mean? Are you planning to do a clean installation of XP Home,
    >> then follow that with an upgrade to XP Professional?
    >>
    >> If so, no, don't do that. The requirement to use an upgrade
    >> version is to *own* a previous qualifying version's
    >> installation
    >> CD (with an OEM restore CD, see below), not to have it
    >> installed.
    >> When setup doesn't find a previous qualifying version
    >> installed,
    >> it will prompt you to insert its CD as proof of ownership.
    >> Just
    >> insert the previous version's CD, and follow the prompts.
    >> Everything proceeds quite normally and quite legitimately.
    >>
    >> You can also do a clean installation if you have an OEM
    >> restore
    >> CD of a previous qualifying version. It's more complicated,
    >> but
    >> it *can* be done. First restore from the Restore CD. Then run
    >> the
    >> XP upgrade CD from within that restored system, and change
    >> from
    >> Upgrade to New Install. When it asks where, press Esc to
    >> delete
    >> the partition and start over.
    >>
    >>
    >> --
    >> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
    >> Please reply to the newsgroup
    >> --
    >> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
    >> Please reply to the newsgroup
    >>
    >>
    >>> "Ken Blake" wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> jetta878 wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>>> Probably a stupid question, but can I create a dual boot
    >>>>> system. One
    >>>>> side Pro and the other Home?
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> Yes, but since there's nothing in Home that isn't also in
    >>>> Professional, there's no reason to do this.
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>> Or better yet, can I install pro over home and keep my
    >>>>> computer
    >>>>> intact?
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> Certainly, as long as you use a retail version of
    >>>> Professional. An
    >>>> OEM version won't do upgrades.
    >>>>
    >>>> If you have SP2 on your Home installation, be sure that the
    >>>> Professional version has it too. If not, you'll need to
    >>>> slipstream
    >>>> SP2 into it. Read here:
    >>>> http://forum.aumha.org/viewtopic.php?t=7262
    >>>>
    >>>> Be sure to back up your data first, though, just in case
    >>>> something
    >>>> unusual goes wrong.
    >>>>
    >>>> Are you sure you need Professional? XP Professional and XP
    >>>> Home are
    >>>> exactly the same in all respects, except that Professional
    >>>> has
    >>>> a few
    >>>> features (mostly related to networking and security) missing
    >>>> from
    >>>> Home. For most (but not all) home users, even those with a
    >>>> home
    >>>> network, these features aren't needed, would never be used,
    >>>> and
    >>>> upgrading to Professional is a waste of money.
    >>>>
    >>>> --
    >>>> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
    >>>> Please reply to the newsgroup
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    OEM meaning the CD I got from Dell with my PC?

    "Ken Blake" wrote:

    > In news:6F896487-B2E2-4B2A-A879-49F0CAAF76E7@microsoft.com,
    > jetta878 <jetta878@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
    >
    > > Sorry I guess the 'updated install' is worded wrong. What I
    > > meant was
    > > an XP pro install CD with SP2 already on it.
    >
    >
    > OK, I understand now.
    >
    >
    >
    > > I have the XP home CD that I got with the computer. Can't I go
    > > buy XP
    > > PRO SP2 and upgrade from there as long as the PRO CD is updated
    > > to
    > > SP2?
    >
    >
    > Sure. And even if you got XP Professional *without* SP2, you
    > could create your own CD with it by following the slipstream
    > procedure I mentioned below.
    >
    > Just make sure you buy a retail upgrade version of XP
    > Professional. Again, remember that an OEM version won't do an
    > upgrade.
    >
    > --
    > Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
    > Please reply to the newsgroup
    >
    >
    > > "Ken Blake" wrote:
    > >
    > >> In news:D1A810DD-FE03-421F-9647-B2456985D05F@microsoft.com,
    > >> jetta878 <jetta878@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
    > >>
    > >>> Thanks for the advice Ken!
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> You're welcome. Glad to help.
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>> I need XP pro for the Remote Desktop feature.
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> OK, just wanted to make sure. Some people want it because they
    > >> erroneously think it's "better."
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>> So I need an updated install of XP home, then I backup my
    > >>> data,
    > >>> set
    > >>> bios to boot from CD, and away I go?
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> When you say you "an updated install of XP home," what do you
    > >> mean? Are you planning to do a clean installation of XP Home,
    > >> then follow that with an upgrade to XP Professional?
    > >>
    > >> If so, no, don't do that. The requirement to use an upgrade
    > >> version is to *own* a previous qualifying version's
    > >> installation
    > >> CD (with an OEM restore CD, see below), not to have it
    > >> installed.
    > >> When setup doesn't find a previous qualifying version
    > >> installed,
    > >> it will prompt you to insert its CD as proof of ownership.
    > >> Just
    > >> insert the previous version's CD, and follow the prompts.
    > >> Everything proceeds quite normally and quite legitimately.
    > >>
    > >> You can also do a clean installation if you have an OEM
    > >> restore
    > >> CD of a previous qualifying version. It's more complicated,
    > >> but
    > >> it *can* be done. First restore from the Restore CD. Then run
    > >> the
    > >> XP upgrade CD from within that restored system, and change
    > >> from
    > >> Upgrade to New Install. When it asks where, press Esc to
    > >> delete
    > >> the partition and start over.
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> --
    > >> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
    > >> Please reply to the newsgroup
    > >> --
    > >> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
    > >> Please reply to the newsgroup
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>> "Ken Blake" wrote:
    > >>>
    > >>>> jetta878 wrote:
    > >>>>
    > >>>>> Probably a stupid question, but can I create a dual boot
    > >>>>> system. One
    > >>>>> side Pro and the other Home?
    > >>>>
    > >>>>
    > >>>> Yes, but since there's nothing in Home that isn't also in
    > >>>> Professional, there's no reason to do this.
    > >>>>
    > >>>>
    > >>>>> Or better yet, can I install pro over home and keep my
    > >>>>> computer
    > >>>>> intact?
    > >>>>
    > >>>>
    > >>>> Certainly, as long as you use a retail version of
    > >>>> Professional. An
    > >>>> OEM version won't do upgrades.
    > >>>>
    > >>>> If you have SP2 on your Home installation, be sure that the
    > >>>> Professional version has it too. If not, you'll need to
    > >>>> slipstream
    > >>>> SP2 into it. Read here:
    > >>>> http://forum.aumha.org/viewtopic.php?t=7262
    > >>>>
    > >>>> Be sure to back up your data first, though, just in case
    > >>>> something
    > >>>> unusual goes wrong.
    > >>>>
    > >>>> Are you sure you need Professional? XP Professional and XP
    > >>>> Home are
    > >>>> exactly the same in all respects, except that Professional
    > >>>> has
    > >>>> a few
    > >>>> features (mostly related to networking and security) missing
    > >>>> from
    > >>>> Home. For most (but not all) home users, even those with a
    > >>>> home
    > >>>> network, these features aren't needed, would never be used,
    > >>>> and
    > >>>> upgrading to Professional is a waste of money.
    > >>>>
    > >>>> --
    > >>>> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
    > >>>> Please reply to the newsgroup
    >
    >
    >
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    In news:F19317D5-6634-45B5-AF4F-85845A74B31A@microsoft.com,
    jetta878 <jetta878@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:


    > OEM meaning the CD I got from Dell with my PC?


    That's the XP Home CD? No, that doesn't matter. What matters is
    the XP Professional CD you want to do the upgrade with. *That* CD
    has to be retail, not OEM. Buy an Upgrade CD, since that's the
    least expensive CD that will do an upgrade.

    --
    Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
    Please reply to the newsgroup


    > "Ken Blake" wrote:
    >
    >> In news:6F896487-B2E2-4B2A-A879-49F0CAAF76E7@microsoft.com,
    >> jetta878 <jetta878@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
    >>
    >>> Sorry I guess the 'updated install' is worded wrong. What I
    >>> meant was
    >>> an XP pro install CD with SP2 already on it.
    >>
    >>
    >> OK, I understand now.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>> I have the XP home CD that I got with the computer. Can't I
    >>> go
    >>> buy XP
    >>> PRO SP2 and upgrade from there as long as the PRO CD is
    >>> updated
    >>> to
    >>> SP2?
    >>
    >>
    >> Sure. And even if you got XP Professional *without* SP2, you
    >> could create your own CD with it by following the slipstream
    >> procedure I mentioned below.
    >>
    >> Just make sure you buy a retail upgrade version of XP
    >> Professional. Again, remember that an OEM version won't do an
    >> upgrade.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
    >> Please reply to the newsgroup
    >>
    >>
    >>> "Ken Blake" wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> In news:D1A810DD-FE03-421F-9647-B2456985D05F@microsoft.com,
    >>>> jetta878 <jetta878@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
    >>>>
    >>>>> Thanks for the advice Ken!
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> You're welcome. Glad to help.
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>> I need XP pro for the Remote Desktop feature.
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> OK, just wanted to make sure. Some people want it because
    >>>> they
    >>>> erroneously think it's "better."
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>> So I need an updated install of XP home, then I backup my
    >>>>> data,
    >>>>> set
    >>>>> bios to boot from CD, and away I go?
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> When you say you "an updated install of XP home," what do
    >>>> you
    >>>> mean? Are you planning to do a clean installation of XP
    >>>> Home,
    >>>> then follow that with an upgrade to XP Professional?
    >>>>
    >>>> If so, no, don't do that. The requirement to use an upgrade
    >>>> version is to *own* a previous qualifying version's
    >>>> installation
    >>>> CD (with an OEM restore CD, see below), not to have it
    >>>> installed.
    >>>> When setup doesn't find a previous qualifying version
    >>>> installed,
    >>>> it will prompt you to insert its CD as proof of ownership.
    >>>> Just
    >>>> insert the previous version's CD, and follow the prompts.
    >>>> Everything proceeds quite normally and quite legitimately.
    >>>>
    >>>> You can also do a clean installation if you have an OEM
    >>>> restore
    >>>> CD of a previous qualifying version. It's more complicated,
    >>>> but
    >>>> it *can* be done. First restore from the Restore CD. Then
    >>>> run
    >>>> the
    >>>> XP upgrade CD from within that restored system, and change
    >>>> from
    >>>> Upgrade to New Install. When it asks where, press Esc to
    >>>> delete
    >>>> the partition and start over.
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> --
    >>>> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
    >>>> Please reply to the newsgroup
    >>>> --
    >>>> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
    >>>> Please reply to the newsgroup
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>> "Ken Blake" wrote:
    >>>>>
    >>>>>> jetta878 wrote:
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Probably a stupid question, but can I create a dual boot
    >>>>>>> system. One
    >>>>>>> side Pro and the other Home?
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Yes, but since there's nothing in Home that isn't also in
    >>>>>> Professional, there's no reason to do this.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Or better yet, can I install pro over home and keep my
    >>>>>>> computer
    >>>>>>> intact?
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Certainly, as long as you use a retail version of
    >>>>>> Professional. An
    >>>>>> OEM version won't do upgrades.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> If you have SP2 on your Home installation, be sure that
    >>>>>> the
    >>>>>> Professional version has it too. If not, you'll need to
    >>>>>> slipstream
    >>>>>> SP2 into it. Read here:
    >>>>>> http://forum.aumha.org/viewtopic.php?t=7262
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Be sure to back up your data first, though, just in case
    >>>>>> something
    >>>>>> unusual goes wrong.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Are you sure you need Professional? XP Professional and XP
    >>>>>> Home are
    >>>>>> exactly the same in all respects, except that Professional
    >>>>>> has
    >>>>>> a few
    >>>>>> features (mostly related to networking and security)
    >>>>>> missing
    >>>>>> from
    >>>>>> Home. For most (but not all) home users, even those with a
    >>>>>> home
    >>>>>> network, these features aren't needed, would never be
    >>>>>> used,
    >>>>>> and
    >>>>>> upgrading to Professional is a waste of money.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> --
    >>>>>> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
    >>>>>> Please reply to the newsgroup
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