Upgrade XP Home to XP Pro ?


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Guest

Hi,

I have a Toshiba M50 laptop running XP Home Edition. It works fine.
Now, I need to connect to a Linux PC using Samba. With XP Home, I can see
the Linux PC on my network, but i can't connect to this PC. I found help on
connecting XP to Samba but it seems I need XP Pro !

Fortunatly, I also have windows XP Pro. (with license of course).
I want to upgrade my laptop from Home to Pro.
When I put my XP Pro CD in my laptop, the installation process starts
correctly but then it stops while trying to start window (blue install
screen).

I also tried the upgrade advisor
(http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/upgrading/advisor.mspx), but the
advisor gives me an error telling me this : Setup cannot continue because the
version of Windows on your computer is newer than the version on the CD.

I only want to connect my laptop to a linux PC using Samba... What are my
options.

Thank you.

Stephane Bischoff
 
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Marc

Stephane said:
I only want to connect my laptop to a linux PC using Samba... What are my
options.

I manage to connect from my Mac to my Home edition PC using Samba, try
turning on your guest account and setting a password - then use that
when connecting remotly (this is Home edition's restriction)
 
R

Rock

Stephane said:
Hi,

I have a Toshiba M50 laptop running XP Home Edition. It works fine.
Now, I need to connect to a Linux PC using Samba. With XP Home, I can see
the Linux PC on my network, but i can't connect to this PC. I found help on
connecting XP to Samba but it seems I need XP Pro !

Fortunatly, I also have windows XP Pro. (with license of course).
I want to upgrade my laptop from Home to Pro.
When I put my XP Pro CD in my laptop, the installation process starts
correctly but then it stops while trying to start window (blue install
screen).

I also tried the upgrade advisor
(http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/upgrading/advisor.mspx), but the
advisor gives me an error telling me this : Setup cannot continue because the
version of Windows on your computer is newer than the version on the CD.

I only want to connect my laptop to a linux PC using Samba... What are my
options.

Thank you.

Stephane Bischoff

I can't speak to your question about whether XP Pro is needed to connect
to a Linux PC with Samba. On the upgrade question the message you see
is because the laptop with XP Home has SP2 installed but the XP Pro
installation CD does not have SP2. To deal with this issue create an XP
Pro installation CD slipstreamed with SP2. That can be used to upgrade
if it's needed.

http://www.theeldergeek.com/slipstreamed_xpsp2_cd.htm
http://unattended.msfn.org/beginner/slipstream.htm

Autostreamer
http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/1092632287/1
http://www.simplyguides.net/guides/using_autostreamer/using_autostreamer.html
http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=223562
 
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Malke

Stephane said:
Hi,

I have a Toshiba M50 laptop running XP Home Edition. It works fine.
Now, I need to connect to a Linux PC using Samba. With XP Home, I can
see
the Linux PC on my network, but i can't connect to this PC. I found
help on connecting XP to Samba but it seems I need XP Pro !

You do not need to have XP Pro to connect to a Linux box using Samba.
You haven't got Samba set up right. I have an XP Home laptop that
connects just fine to my Linux machines. Things to do:

1. On Linux, properly configure Samba with your Windows Workgroup
information. Have both the nmb and smb daemons run at boot in Levels 3
and 5. It will depend on your distro how you do this with the gui, but
you can always edit smb.conf.

2. On Linux, create a user account/password that is identical to the one
on the XP Home box. If you do not have a password assigned on the XP
user account, assign one. You also need to create a Samba user. Open a
console and:

su [enter]
(enter root password)
[email protected]>smbpasswd -a username [enter]
prompt will ask for password - enter user's password carefully (no
asterisks will be shown).
prompt to confirm password by typing it again

3. Create shares as desired, setting permissions as desired. You can do
this easily through a gui, but exact steps depend on what window
manager you are using (KDE, Gnome, Blackbox, etc.).

4. On XP, properly configure any firewall to allow the lan traffic as
trusted and create shares, if desired.

For more specific information about Samba, go to
http://us4.samba.org/samba/

But again, you do *not* need XP Pro to connect to a *nix box. I have
Win98, 2k, XP Pro/Home machines that happily connect to the SuSE boxen.
They can share printers, too.

Malke
 

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