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Upgrading From Windows XP Home To Professional  
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1536 times:

I just ordered a new laptop from Dell (for college). It comes with Windows XP Home because I didn't want to pay an extra $70 just to get the Professional version.

I already have a Windows Professional OEM version CD that I bought for the PC that I built one year ago.

Is it legal to use that CD to upgrade my Dell to Windows XP Professional? Does anyone know if the OEM version will allow it?

Any feedback would be appreciated.

Regards


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User currently offlineF9Widebody From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1604 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1526 times:

I dunno if it is illegal, but it can't be done. The registration fiasco you must complete will prevent it.

Regards



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User currently offlineLY7E7 From Israel, joined Jun 2004, 2235 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks ago) and read 1518 times:

Seems to be legal as long as your copy of XP prof. is legal, and it is installed on one machine only, that is in your posession.


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User currently offlineSteve7E7 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 476 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks ago) and read 1511 times:

My mate upgraded my PC from XP Home to XP Professional a couple of years ago with a dodgy copy so it CAN be done.

I aren't a PC buff so I've no idea what he did to get it to work,but it works and I've been using it fine ever since.I did download an update about 12 months ago that warned me that my XP copy might be unregistered, but that is the only problem I've had.


User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3188 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1505 times:

Your OEM license should permit you to install and run XP Pro only on one PC. It might even be specific to that particular brand of PC.

Definitely a grey area, if not outright illegal, to install that copy on your Dell laptop.

Check with your college, they may have a site license for XP Pro that you can legally install on your laptop.

David / MRY


User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4507 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1505 times:

read your agreement on it.

anyway i doubt you'll be needing professional unless you want to do some networking.



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User currently offlineSteve7E7 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 476 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1498 times:

The only advantage I can see with XP Pro is multi-user log on....apart from that XP Home is just as good.

User currently offlineLY7E7 From Israel, joined Jun 2004, 2235 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1495 times:

Steve:
I aren't a PC buff so I've no idea what he did to get it to work,but it works

Of course it works.No doubt about that. The question is if it's legal.



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User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3188 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1480 times:

XP Home supports multiple users.

Here's a link to Microsoft's chart that compares XP Home and XP Pro.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/howtobuy/choosing2.mspx

David / MRY


User currently offlineSaxdiva From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2382 posts, RR: 42
Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1439 times:

Heyo,

Be sure you REALLY want to do the upgrade. I switched at work from Win2K to XP Pro (got a new computer) a couple months ago, and I can't even begin to tell you how frustrating it's been. It's significantly slower about moving between applications, and I get at least 3-4 times as many system hangs as I used to. It's a Dell Latitude and I haven't checked to see if a BIOS update would help, but at this point I can't say I'd recommend this crappy O.S. to anyone.

Incidentally, I'm lobbying my I.T. department to let me switch back.  Sad

-Leanne


User currently offlineBronko From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 810 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1437 times:

Upgrading from XP Home Edition to XP Professional is an officially supported upgrade. See: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;292607

Microsoft supports this as some users may, down the road, need the additional features (remote desktop, logging in to a domain, etc) that the Professional Edition provides.

However, your Home Edition key will not work for the Professional Edition. If you have a legit copy of Pro, this is not a problem of course.

Simply pop in the Pro CD while you are logged into XP Home, select upgrade, and in 45 minutes or so you should be running XP Pro with all your applications and settings intact.

Do not boot from the Pro CD to perform an intact upgrade.

Hope this helps.



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User currently offlineItsjustme From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2768 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1434 times:

I've upgraded 2 Dell desktop PC's (both Dimension 8200's) from XP Home to Professional and my experiences were directly the opposite of Saxdiva's. My machines now boot up faster and there seems to be a smoother transition when changing applications.

As long as your 'XP Pro' disc isn't a bootleg, you should be OK.


User currently offlineBronko From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 810 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1422 times:

SaxDiva: Problems like those you describe are usually related to drivers, and insufficient memory. Have you made sure all your hardware drivers are up to date? I would start with the video drivers first.


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User currently offlineIndianguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1408 times:

I have done it for my laptop and it works just fine. You would just have to download all the drivers from ther compaq website. Download and prepare a drivers CD and you are done!

Not sure about the legalese though!

-Roy


User currently offlineDamirc From Slovenia, joined Feb 2004, 724 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1398 times:

Technically speaking this would be illegal.

Microsoft claims that the license is non transferrable and not resellable - it's bound to the computer you've got it with (The XP Pro version). Worse even - once you sell the computer the buyer loses all rights to using the operating system (even if you bundle it with the computer it originally came with). Microsoft claims that the new owner must acquire a new license. Go figure.

Stability of XP? Well. YMMV.

XP Pro SP1 on P4-1.8 (@2.08GHz), 512MB, GA-8IEXP motherboard, R8500 video card - no crashes yet, XP installed in October 2003.

XP Pro SP1 on Athlon XP2500+ (o/c to 11*183MHz), 768MB, Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe, NVidia GF4Ti4200 video card - no crashes yet, XP installed in May 2004.

D.


User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3188 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1395 times:

Itsjustme wrote:
I've upgraded 2 Dell desktop PC's (both Dimension 8200's) from XP Home to Professional and my experiences were directly the opposite of Saxdiva's.

Reread Saxdiva's post. She upgraded from Windows 2000 Pro to Windows XP Pro, not from XP Home.

David / MRY


User currently offlineItsjustme From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2768 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1386 times:

Itsjustme wrote:
I've upgraded 2 Dell desktop PC's (both Dimension 8200's) from XP Home to Professional and my experiences were directly the opposite of Saxdiva's.

Reread Saxdiva's post. She upgraded from Windows 2000 Pro to Windows XP Pro, not from XP Home.


You're right David. However, as another poster pointed out, her problems are more likely to be driver and/or memory related than with XP Pro being an inferior OS to Win2K.


User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8440 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1379 times:

It can be done. When you activate windows choose the option not to register the product.
I use the one copy of XP home on both my computers. I've bought one copy and I don't see why I should buy a second copy when I'm just using it within my own home for personal use.


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 18, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1342 times:

Thanks for all the feedback. Sorry I did not reply sooner! I've been busy in college.

Regards



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User currently offlineSaxdiva From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2382 posts, RR: 42
Reply 19, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1330 times:

Actually, I upgraded the whole system--XP Pro came with a brand new Dell Laptop. That's part of the reason I haven't spent much time tracking down driver upgrades; I've been living under the fantasy that the folks at Dell would have gotten the install right. Silly me.

Since many of you have had better luck, I'll see if Dell has a BIOS upgrade and start from there. Maybe that'll shake some of the cobwebs loose.  Insane

-Leanne



User currently offlineBronko From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 810 posts, RR: 11
Reply 20, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1298 times:

Damirc: Did you open the link in my post? XP Home -> XP Pro is an officially supported migration scenario, and not illegal.

What makes you think it is illegal?



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