Upgrading from XP Home to XP Professional



cbremar
07-10-2005, 12:57 AM
I recently purchased a laptop that had XP Home w/SP2 already installed. I
want to upgrade to XP Professional, but I am getting a message that says
....newer version exists already.... I've seen lots of posts that suggest
uninstalling SP2 first (or slipstreaming which I don't know anyting about).
How do I uninstall SP2 (name, location, etc.)?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Patti MacLeod
07-10-2005, 12:57 AM
Hi cbremar,

Since the preinstalled version of XP Home included SP2, there would not be
an uninstall option for SP2.

You could create a slipstreamed install CD by following the instructions
here:
http://www.theeldergeek.com/slipstreamed_xpsp2_cd.htm
(or do a web search for slipstreaming instructions, as plenty of them
abound!)
Also, many people seem pleased with having used autostreamer to slipstream:
http://www.simplyguides.net/guides/using_autostreamer/using_autostreamer.html



Regards,

--
Patti MacLeod
Microsoft MVP - Windows Shell/User

"cbremar" <cb@discussions.micosoft.com> wrote in message
news:14DC649F-A273-4FB0-B3D4-3E82D25D87E7@microsoft.com...
> I recently purchased a laptop that had XP Home w/SP2 already installed. I
> want to upgrade to XP Professional, but I am getting a message that says
> ...newer version exists already.... I've seen lots of posts that suggest
> uninstalling SP2 first (or slipstreaming which I don't know anyting
about).
> How do I uninstall SP2 (name, location, etc.)?
>
> Thanks in advance for your help.

Tim Slattery
07-10-2005, 12:57 AM
"cbremar" <cb@discussions.micosoft.com> wrote:

>I recently purchased a laptop that had XP Home w/SP2 already installed. I
>want to upgrade to XP Professional, but I am getting a message that says
>...newer version exists already.... I've seen lots of posts that suggest
>uninstalling SP2 first (or slipstreaming which I don't know anyting about).
>How do I uninstall SP2 (name, location, etc.)?

Control Panel, Add/Remove programs. You should find an entry for SP2
in the add/remove list.

--
Tim Slattery
MS MVP(DTS)
Slattery_T@bls.gov

Rock
07-10-2005, 12:57 AM
cbremar wrote:
> I recently purchased a laptop that had XP Home w/SP2 already installed. I
> want to upgrade to XP Professional, but I am getting a message that says
> ...newer version exists already.... I've seen lots of posts that suggest
> uninstalling SP2 first (or slipstreaming which I don't know anyting about).
> How do I uninstall SP2 (name, location, etc.)?
>
> Thanks in advance for your help.

Is this a new laptop that came with SP2 pre-installed by the vendor or
did you purchase it from someone who may have applied SP2 after the OS
was installed? If the former SP2 can't be removed, if the latter you
might be able to remove it by looking in Add/Remove programs for an SP2
entry.

If SP2 can't be removed then the choices are to do a clean install with
the Pro version: http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html.
Backup all essential data first, do the clean install, install programs
from their original media and then restore the backup.

The other option is slipstream SP2 with XP Pro to create a new
installation CD. It is a straightforward process. Here are several
links on how to do this:

http://unattended.msfn.org/beginner/slipstream.htm
http://www.duspinnst.com/bootcd.htm
http://www.theeldergeek.com/slipstreamed_xpsp2_cd.htm

--
Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User

cbremar
07-10-2005, 12:58 AM
I used the instructions at:

http://www.theeldergeek.com/slipstreamed_xpsp2_cd.htm

I was fine until I got to the ISOBlaster(?) where it talked about the
Micosoft Corporation.img. It was nowhere to be found.

Any other suggestions or something I might be missing?

Thanks

"Rock" wrote:

> cbremar wrote:
> > I recently purchased a laptop that had XP Home w/SP2 already installed. I
> > want to upgrade to XP Professional, but I am getting a message that says
> > ...newer version exists already.... I've seen lots of posts that suggest
> > uninstalling SP2 first (or slipstreaming which I don't know anyting about).
> > How do I uninstall SP2 (name, location, etc.)?
> >
> > Thanks in advance for your help.
>
> Is this a new laptop that came with SP2 pre-installed by the vendor or
> did you purchase it from someone who may have applied SP2 after the OS
> was installed? If the former SP2 can't be removed, if the latter you
> might be able to remove it by looking in Add/Remove programs for an SP2
> entry.
>
> If SP2 can't be removed then the choices are to do a clean install with
> the Pro version: http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html.
> Backup all essential data first, do the clean install, install programs
> from their original media and then restore the backup.
>
> The other option is slipstream SP2 with XP Pro to create a new
> installation CD. It is a straightforward process. Here are several
> links on how to do this:
>
> http://unattended.msfn.org/beginner/slipstream.htm
> http://www.duspinnst.com/bootcd.htm
> http://www.theeldergeek.com/slipstreamed_xpsp2_cd.htm
>
> --
> Rock
> MS MVP Windows - Shell/User
>
>


Upgrading from XP Home to XP Professional