Windows XP Home?

  NotVeryTechie 11:15 13 Apr 2008
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Hi there

I took my Vista laptop in to a specialist computer shop to get XP loaded into a partition. They couldn't do it because the machine has a SATA drive and I don't have a floppy drive. Now I have been asking questions and reading advice here on the forum and in the mag and I know it can be done, so I bought the XP at the shop and thought I would try myself. When I got home I realised that the copy of XP they sold me was an OEM XP Home Edition. Two questions:

1) am I going to be able to slipstream this version and create a cd capable of loading XP?
2) What is the difference between XP home and pro?

I really hope you can help me.

  stylehurst 13:10 13 Apr 2008

XP Pro is more orientated towards the business environment, & has more on networking. As a matter of personal preference I prefer it to XP Home.
Loading XP with Vista already installed will cause problems, I think you have already ben advised on this matter in another post.
I refer you back to my postings in the previous message you listed.

Additionally make certain you have the SATA drivers for your HDD for XP before you start. If you haven't got a floppy drive you may need to burn them to a CD.

  tullie 13:10 13 Apr 2008

Suggest you cancel one of your threads,it only confuses people

  NotVeryTechie 12:04 14 Apr 2008

Will I be able to Slipstream an OEM version?

  DieSse 15:51 14 Apr 2008

"Will I be able to Slipstream an OEM version?"

Why would you want to? For a single system install it gives you virtually no advantage that I can see.

  NotVeryTechie 16:08 14 Apr 2008

DieSse - if you look at the first post you will see exactly why I want to slipstream it. My question is if this is possible with the OEM version and if Home is ok - or do I need Pro.

  DieSse 16:52 14 Apr 2008

My apologies - with Vista you can use a CD for SATA drivers, and I misread what you were doing.

I can't see any reason why you shouldn't slipstream XPHome, or OEM versions.

nLite seems to be widely recommended for producing slipstreamed installation CDs.

  NotVeryTechie 17:06 14 Apr 2008

Thanks for the reply DieSse

Is XP Pro that much better than Home - i.e. should I take the one I got back to the shop or stick with it?

  Diemmess 17:22 14 Apr 2008

I don't want to be a wet blanket ..... but...
Once you have broken the seal on any software the option to return or exchange has gone.

  NotVeryTechie 13:27 15 Apr 2008

Good point Diemmess, except the shop opened the software when they tried to load the partition. They were quite happy to keep the software and not charge me, but I asked to buy the copy. Yes, I know, stupid prize for the girl - didn't check in the shop!

What I really want to know is - is an OEM version inferior to a full version or is it the same thing, but with restrictions?

And - is XP Home inferior to XP Pro to the extent that it is worth making an issue over this?

Please if anyone can help I would be SO greatful.

  DieSse 14:12 15 Apr 2008

An OEM version is the same as a retail version - except that you can transfer a retail version between systems - an OEM version "belongs" to the system you install it on, and dies with it. (ie cannot be transferred.)

The essential difference between Home and Pro is that Pro has more facilities in the networking area, particularly for larger netwotks. You can network Home-based systems.

I would surmise that XPHome OEM will be fine for what you want.

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