XP home to XP PRO upgrade

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  1. schillaci0

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    :hiya: Are upgrading xp home to pro do i just put the disc in and let it do it's work or do i have to remove home or something. Not really sure so any advice will be appreciated :thumbsup:
     
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    I think all OS upgrades in Windows allow you to run it as an upgrade to existing (Windows) OS, or as a fresh install. However, it always recommends you backup data beforehand. I have never done this, preferring to do a completely fresh install, allowing Windows to essentially reformat the drive and start again - of course, this is after moving all data to another HDD, or making backups to an external CD/DVD or USB drive. As you should make a back-up of all the data in any case, I would certainly go for the fresh install over the upgrade, as this will hopefully eliminate any potential hardware and software conflicts which may come up if Windows does not recognise things the way it should during the upgrade path. Every IT guy I have asked says the same. Just my 2c worth.
     
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    XP Home -> XP Pro, should not provide any software/hardware conflicts, as if you were upgrading from Win98 -> XP.

    The core of the OS is the same, and Pro just adds more features, such as being able to be part of a domain.
     
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    I would recommend a clean install after backing up your data. If your existing OS isn't as healthy as it could be which is highly possible with Windows, you may carry over those problems with the upgrade.

    Good luck with it!
     
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    you'll be surprised how fast the computer runs with a fresh install of windows over upgrading, its worth it!
     
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    Hi guys,
    i really need help now so here goes.

    Attatched a external hard drive and backed up files using windows files and settings transfer utility in system tools to said drive.
    Done a complete fresh install of xp pro with formatting etc.
    Reattatched said drive to transfer back across but cannot open as they are all in a .dat file format. Looked on ms website but to no avail.
    Please help as i got over 107gb of files i can't get at.
    thanks in advance
     
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    Can you go to the same systems utility tool in XP Pro and transfer the data into the new OS by selecting the "this is the new computer" option?
     
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    Yes and this is what i done but for some reason they won't open. I an beginning to be very peed off with xp and the lack of relevant help from the ms website they seem to just direct you to somewhere else. i call it passing the buck!!
     
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    Still having no luck! anyone got some ideas?
     
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    Why did you use .dat? Why not just copy the files directly? I don't really trust those progs which back up for you.

    No idea on how to fix. Google perhaps?
     
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    Hi chrislad,
    you see iam not really that experianced with computers but i know my way round a little, and i assumed if i use microsofts own file transfer wizard then i could'nt really go wrong. What do they say about assume "makes an ASS of U and ME". so there i am an " ass".
     
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    Ah well. Sh*t happens. Best bet is to google for some fixes, if MS aren't getting back to you. That or try some more specialised computer forums.
     
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    Too late have deleted files and have started again. never mind eh only more time on microsofts crappy system
     

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