Install XP Pro over XP Home

  Buckomeladdie 08:23 26 Feb 2006

I have an ACER Aspire 3500, which came with XP Home installed and I would like to install XP Pro over the top of it.
The reason I don't want a clean install is that at present the laptop has all the appropriate ACER drivers. I have downloaded all the necessary drivers should a clean install be the only wa to go, but I would prefer to install over the top if at all possible.
Thanx in advance.

  rmcqua 08:33 26 Feb 2006

Yes, it can be done. This is what Microsoft say on the subject:

"An upgrade to Windows XP Pro is a smooth transition and will not affect your
current programs or files if you use the following procedure:

1. Purchase a conventional "Retail Upgrade Version" [boxed] of Windows XP Professional.
2. Uninstall your antivirus program.
3. Perform a backup of your important documents and files to a CD, DVD, or other backup media.
4. Disconnect all hardware peripheral devices, except the monitor, keyboard and mouse.
5. While running Windows XP Home, insert the Windows XP Pro CD in the drive and select
the default "Upgrade" setup option. [Do not select "New Installation"]
6. Visit the Windows Update site to download all the critical updates.
7. Reinstall your antivirus program, then defrag your hard drive."

  €dstowe 11:33 26 Feb 2006

Why do you want to do this?

For the general user, there are very few advantages of XP Pro over Home edition.

I'd say save your money.

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