Steve7E7 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 470 posts, RR: 52 Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1373 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.
Saxdiva From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2382 posts, RR: 44 Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1301 times:
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.
Itsjustme From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2765 posts, RR: 10 Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1296 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.
Bronko From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 805 posts, RR: 12 Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1284 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.
Damirc From Slovenia, joined Feb 2004, 701 posts, RR: 7 Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1260 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.
Bill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8408 posts, RR: 9 Reply 17, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1241 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.
Saxdiva From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2382 posts, RR: 44 Reply 19, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1192 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.