Professional to Home



xjennersonx
07-09-2005, 11:39 PM
I currently have XP Professional on my new computer but would like to put XP
Home on instead. Do I need to back up my files in order to do this or will
they stay in tact?

John Waller
07-09-2005, 11:39 PM
>I currently have XP Professional on my new computer but would like to put
>XP
> Home on instead.

Any reason why? (curious)

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Regards

John Waller

petecee
07-09-2005, 11:39 PM
Try reading/following this,
Cannot install Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Home Edition to
separate folders
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;283236

It should help you.
Why do you want to go down to "Home" ? (Just being nosy)
cheers,

petecee

"xjennersonx" wrote:

> I currently have XP Professional on my new computer but would like to put XP
> Home on instead. Do I need to back up my files in order to do this or will
> they stay in tact?

Rick \Nutcase\ Rogers
07-09-2005, 11:39 PM
Hi,

Back up your files, as the only way to do this is to wipe the existing
installation and do a clean one. It is treated as a downgrade.

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Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

"xjennersonx" <xjennersonx@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:A6850979-B3D6-4F9F-BB3D-5AFB96D63842@microsoft.com...
>I currently have XP Professional on my new computer but would like to put
>XP
> Home on instead. Do I need to back up my files in order to do this or will
> they stay in tact?

Bruce Chambers
07-09-2005, 11:39 PM
xjennersonx wrote:
> I currently have XP Professional on my new computer but would like to put XP
> Home on instead. Do I need to back up my files in order to do this or will
> they stay in tact?


You'll need to back up any files you wish to preserve.

The only way to change from WinXP Pro to WinXP Home is to format the
drive and start over. There is no supported downgrade path or technique.

Simply boot from the WinXP installation CD. You'll be offered the
opportunity to delete, create, and format partitions as part of the
installation process. (You may need to re-arrange the order of boot
devices in the PC's BIOS to boot from the CD.)

HOW TO Install Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;316941

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/clean_install.htm


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Ken Blake
07-09-2005, 11:39 PM
In news:A6850979-B3D6-4F9F-BB3D-5AFB96D63842@microsoft.com,
xjennersonx <xjennersonx@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:

> I currently have XP Professional on my new computer but would
> like to
> put XP Home on instead.


Why? Are you aware that XP Home is a subset of Professional? They
are identical except that Professional includes a few features
(mostly related to security and networking) missing from Home?
There is nothing in Home that isn't also in Professional, and
therefore no reason to downgrade.


> Do I need to back up my files in order to do
> this or will they stay in tact?


Downgrades aren't supported, and there is no way to do this
except for a clean installation, wiping the disk of all your
files. Yes, back them up first.

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

Cymbal Man Freq.
07-09-2005, 11:40 PM
I hear JAWS 6.0 won't support XP Pro unless you fork over an extra $200 for a
Pro version of JAWS....or was that Arkenstone Reader?

Yeah, my dad may be getting an XP Pro computer (preinstalled XP Pro) from
somewhere, 2nd hand, soon; and I too was wondering how to get XP Home onto this
computer?

We have a Dell XP Home upgrade CD, but I intended to use that on the Dell Win Me
machine that the CD came with. Is it possible to use the upgrade CD to do a
fresh install on a separate partition on this 2nd hand machine that has XP Pro
preinstalled? Can the upgrade CD be used on two different machines for fresh
installs on 2nd partitions? Both machines have qualifying licenses.

"Ken Blake" <kblake@this.is.an.invalid.domain> wrote in message
news:eLEmBvtXFHA.1796@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
| In news:A6850979-B3D6-4F9F-BB3D-5AFB96D63842@microsoft.com,
| xjennersonx <xjennersonx@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
|
| > I currently have XP Professional on my new computer but would
| > like to
| > put XP Home on instead.
|
|
| Why? Are you aware that XP Home is a subset of Professional? They
| are identical except that Professional includes a few features
| (mostly related to security and networking) missing from Home?
| There is nothing in Home that isn't also in Professional, and
| therefore no reason to downgrade.
|
|
| > Do I need to back up my files in order to do
| > this or will they stay in tact?
|
|
| Downgrades aren't supported, and there is no way to do this
| except for a clean installation, wiping the disk of all your
| files. Yes, back them up first.
|
| --
| Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
| Please reply to the newsgroup
|
|

xjennersonx
07-09-2005, 11:40 PM
The version of professional was installed by the guy that gave me the
computer and he hasn't given me the product key. i have a product key for my
home edition

"John Waller" wrote:

> >I currently have XP Professional on my new computer but would like to put
> >XP
> > Home on instead.
>
> Any reason why? (curious)
>
> --
> Regards
>
> John Waller
>
>
>

Cymbal Man Freq.
07-09-2005, 11:40 PM
"xjennersonx" <xjennersonx@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:5F530979-31F8-437C-BCE2-F7928B07A7C6@microsoft.com...
| The version of professional was installed by the guy that gave me the
| computer and he hasn't given me the product key. i have a product key for my
| home edition

BeLarc Advisor could get you the product key from your current installation,
look in the software licenses portion of the printout when you run the BeLarc
Advisor program. Google to download the program. Once you format the hard drive,
the XP Pro Edition Key is useless to you. About small hidden partitions that
hold the way to reinstall XP Pro, I know nothing about.


Professional to Home