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    home vs pro (xp)

    On one computer,I have got installed winxp pro and would like to know if I can install winxp home edition on the same computer thus overwriting xppro,maybe a stupid question ??

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    Re: home vs pro (xp)

    Why would you downgrade to XP Home if you already have XP Pro? Both are basically the same operating system, but Pro has several features that are lacking in the Home version.
    I don't think that you can install XP Home on top of XP Pro, you would have to do a clean install.

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    Re: home vs pro (xp)

    Stupid question, nah. Strange idea....yep <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> !!! Why would you want to ??? Can you do it ??? Absolutely !!!
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    Re: home vs pro (xp)

    Hans,

    Why wouldn't an instll over-the-top work ?? Aren't you simply rewriting the Windows system files ???
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    Re: home vs pro (xp)

    Perhaps it is possible, but I have my doubts since Pro contains more than Home (such as IIS); I found some newsgroup posts suggesting that installing Home over Pro won't work.

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    Re: home vs pro (xp)

    I did a little looking and it seems that you are correct (no surprise there). I saw some mention of attempting a repair installation with the XP Home CD and also a "clean" installation of XP Home after deleting the Windows folder. Neither option is very appealing and the bottom line seems to be that you end up with problems. Unless there is a very good reason to downgrade to XP Home, I'd leave well enough alone.
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    Re: home vs pro (xp)

    I know it sounds stupid but there is method in my madness,can it be done??

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    Re: home vs pro (xp)

    I don't believe that it can. I'm trying to find something from MS on the subject now. I'll post back with anything I find. All indications are that you will have to backup the data and reformat the drive.
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    Re: home vs pro (xp)

    I'm in no way a Windows expert, but here are some of the newsgroup threads I found:
    this
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    Re: home vs pro (xp)

    All indications are that you can't do what you want to do. I found no information from MS on this subject. I did, however, come up with this site that might give you some inspiration or insight. It appears at first blush to be a workaround for the issue, but I have to admit that I didn't read the whole thing.

    My personal workaround for this would be to create another partition on the drive using Partition Magic and installing XP Home there. Then using the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard, move all the data and setting from the Pro install to the new Home install, make that partition bootable and then, again using Partition Magic, format the XP Pro partition and merge that partition with the one containing the XP Home installation.
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    Re: home vs pro (xp)

    It would be simpler to just run a good backup, format the drive and then install the Home version. You will need to get a additional copy of XP as the one you have now is good only for ONE machine.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: home vs pro (xp)

    I agree that the simple answer is to backup, format and install XP Home. But he didn't seem to want to do the format routine.
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