Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Windows XP Home

  1. #1
    Junior Member MartyW's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Liverpool, UK
    Posts
    47

    Windows XP Home

    Hi Peeps,

    Can anyone point me in the right direction for upgrading Windows XP Home to Proffesional, I have heard it can be done. Any help would be much apriciated

  2. #2
    Super Moderator Super Moderator Big Booger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    JAPAN
    Posts
    10,660
    Here’s the detailed breakdown you asked for.

    1. Copy the root directory and the i386 directory of the WindowsXP CD
    to your harddisk
    2. Extract the Bootsector of your WindowsXP CD
    3. Change 2 Bytes in i386\Setupreg.hiv :
    a) Open Regedit
    b) Highlight HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    c) Menu: File -> Load Structure -> i386\Setupreg.hiv
    d) Assign an arbitrary name to the imported structure e.g. “Homekey”
    e) Goto HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Homekey\ControlSet001\Services\setupdd
    f) edit the binary key “default” and change “01” to “00” and “02” to
    “00”
    g) Highlight “Homekey” and select menu: File -> unload structure
    4. Burn your new XP Pro CD
    5. Install WindowsXP as usual. Your XP Home Key will work.

    Note: You cannot apply SP2 to such a WindowsXP Pro, so step 1.b)
    might be to integrate SP2 in your Installation CD

    http://www.gizmodo.com/gadgets/softw...pro-105486.php

  3. #3
    Junior Member MartyW's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Liverpool, UK
    Posts
    47
    Hmm thanks, but i thought microsoft brought out an official way to do it, home is already installed and do not want to have to reinstall it, otherwise i would just put prof on. Someone told me that microsoft had an official mod for this

  4. #4
    Old and Cranky Super Moderator rik's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Watching Your every move...
    Posts
    4,638
    You could always get an upgrade disc.

  5. #5
    Security Intelligence TZ Veteran cash_site's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Software Paradise
    Posts
    3,735
    Quote Originally Posted by MartyW View Post
    Hmm thanks, but i thought microsoft brought out an official way to do it, home is already installed and do not want to have to reinstall it, otherwise i would just put prof on. Someone told me that microsoft had an official mod for this

    the official way is to purchase ...

    --- 0wN3D by 3gG ---

  6. #6
    Junior Member MartyW's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Liverpool, UK
    Posts
    47
    Ok guys, I do own XP Prof leagle copy and also XP Home which came installed on the laptop. I want to be able to upgrade the XP home on the laptop to Prof without reinstalling the whole OS, acording to a Microsoft accredited tutour this is possible and allowed by Microsoft.

  7. #7
    Super Moderator Super Moderator Big Booger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    JAPAN
    Posts
    10,660
    Quote Originally Posted by MartyW View Post
    Ok guys, I do own XP Prof leagle copy and also XP Home which came installed on the laptop. I want to be able to upgrade the XP home on the laptop to Prof without reinstalling the whole OS, acording to a Microsoft accredited tutour this is possible and allowed by Microsoft.
    I vaguely remember hearing something about how to do this.. but upon searching I came up blank.. other than the suggestion dealing with the HOME CD...

    Perhaps someone with more knowledge can help. If MS did this, why would anyone pay extra for the Pro version? That doesn't even make sense in business terms.

  8. #8
    Old and Cranky Super Moderator rik's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Watching Your every move...
    Posts
    4,638
    Not doubting the legallity of your copy. But they do make an upgrade version. Also unless I am mistaken you can put the Pro cd in, it will see a "lower" version and ask if you want to perform an upgrade.

    Obviously have all important data backed up first...

  9. #9
    Junior Member MartyW's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Liverpool, UK
    Posts
    47
    Yeah will prob just end up doing that, thanks guys

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •