Hi I am thinking of updating my Windows ME to XP Can anyone tell me the difference between XP Home & XP Pro (besides the price)would I be missing much if I opted for XP Home rather than XP Pro? Is there any advantage buying the Full program as opposed to the Upgrade I use my machine for surfing the web Photo/Video Editing and Word.
The Po version has extra features mainly for business use. Home is quite adequate for almost all home users.
To use the upgrade version successfully you need a "qualifying" previous version of Windows installed. This is not necessarily a "recovery disk" or whatever other euphemism suppliers use to get away without supplying you with a full version. If you qualify, the upgrade is exactly the same as the full version of XP
Thanks for the quick response Yes I have the Full Version of ME I have heard that the XP disk is bootable and it is best to Install XP this way. Is the Upgrade disk bootable or do you have to install over your previous operating system
XP upgrade is bootable and it behaves just like the full version. If you install on a clean (freshly formatted disk) it will ask for the qualifying version during its installation. If you do an install with ME already there then it will accept this and just install.
Note it is best to clean install. Don't do an upgrade otherwise you will keep all sorts of ME rubbish on the drive. No need to remove first though.
without actually having the previous (ME) installation on the drive if you prefer to have the cleanest install possible. Provided you have the CD for the full version of ME, proceed like this:
On a formatted drive, just run the upgrade installer. It will search the drive for a qualifying version and it won't find it, so it will ask you where it is. At that point, take the XP disk out of the CD drive and insert the ME disk. Then point the XP installer to the CD drive. The installer will look at the disk, find the appropriate files, and will then ask you to put the XP CD back in the drive. After that, the installation will continue as normal.