Downgrading? is this possible?

  dinglewolves 08:47 11 Nov 2006

i currently have a dodgy version of windows xp professional sp2 and it looks like i am going to have to buy a legitimate copy. will i have to buy the professional again or is the home version just as good? and is it possible to downgrade from professional to home without losing any info? i got 4 days left to sort this out!!!!

  brundle 08:53 11 Nov 2006

Not possible apparently;
click here
click here

  dinglewolves 09:01 11 Nov 2006

so its going to have to be xp professional legit from somewhere like pcworld?

  brundle 09:06 11 Nov 2006

£200+ last time I saw....
Better off buying XP Home here click here

As VinnyT suggested in your other thread

  dinglewolves 09:07 11 Nov 2006

yeah but you just said i couldnt install that if i got pro???
theres a genuine windows advantage kit for £92 has anyone bought one of these?

  brundle 09:14 11 Nov 2006

Well you can't copy straight over it. More cost effective to buy XP Home at £60 and pay someone to install it and keep all your documents?

click here

  dinglewolves 09:21 11 Nov 2006

ok, thanks for the advice its just that i have blonde moments when it comes to pcs! only want it for mainly uni work!

the advantage kit looks good though for £92 any suggestions?

  brundle 09:23 11 Nov 2006

It's worth a try, it may end up being the least expensive route. You just need to ring Microsoft to confirm that it will solve the problem and allow you to activate.
0800 015 1135

  jbaker65 09:31 11 Nov 2006

If you phone Microsoft and explain that you have an illegal copy of XP pro and want to go legit they will talk you through the process. They will give you a legal key and will send you a CD through the post. Cost £92.

  dinglewolves 09:37 11 Nov 2006

thanks guys, i will give em a ring and let you know how i get on!

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