Upgrading from XP Home SP2 to XP Pro


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Paul

Does anyone have a solution to upgrading from Windows XP
Home SP2 to XP Professional. I bought the upgrade to
professional disk today and the setup gives me the
following error message when I try to upgrade.
Setup cannot continue because the version of Windows on
your computer is newer than the version on the CD.

Warning: If you decide to delete the newer version of
Windows that is currently installed on your computer, the
files and settings cannot be recovered.

I certainly do not want to reinstall Windows again and
lose all the programs I have installed. Any help would
be appreciated.

Thanks
 
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Bob Knowlden

Solution #1: uninstall SP2. (Use the software uninstall control panel. It
may also be possible to use System Restore.)

If you can't do the above, prepare a slipstreamed version of XP Pro with
SP2:

http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=295

"Slipstreaming Windows 2000/XP [SP1,SP1a,SP2] (TTID #295)"

(There may be better sites, but the instructions here appear to be
effective.)

What you create is a backup copy of the XP Pro CD , with SP2 applied. (It's
not a hack: I believe that it's an officially supported feature, intended
for use by IT departments.)

HTH.

Address altered. Replace nkbob with bobkn.
 
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Carey Frisch [MVP]

Unless SP2 is integrated into XP Pro, then one cannot
upgrade an existing XP Home w/SP2 installation using
a non-SP2 version of XP Pro. What you need to do is
create a SP2 "slipstreamed" version of XP Pro, then use
the new CD to upgrade over XP Home w/SP2.

You have two options:

1. Uninstall SP2 from XP Home, then upgrade to XP Pro.

or

2. Create a SP2 slipstreamed version of XP Pro (preferred)
and use the new XP Pro w/SP2 to upgrade.

Either one of the following utilities makes slipstreaming
(integrating) SP2 into Windows XP a breeze:

Windows Slipstreaming and Bootable CD Guide
http://www.msfn.org/articles.php?action=show&showarticle=49

Information on AutoStreamer 1.0
http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=188337&st=0&#entry245

Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Direct Download
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...BE-3B8E-4F30-8245-9E368D3CDB5A&displaylang=en

--
Carey Frisch
Microsoft MVP
Windows XP - Shell/User

Be Smart! Protect Your PC!
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/default.aspx

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| Does anyone have a solution to upgrading from Windows XP
| Home SP2 to XP Professional. I bought the upgrade to
| professional disk today and the setup gives me the
| following error message when I try to upgrade.
| Setup cannot continue because the version of Windows on
| your computer is newer than the version on the CD.
|
| Warning: If you decide to delete the newer version of
| Windows that is currently installed on your computer, the
| files and settings cannot be recovered.
|
| I certainly do not want to reinstall Windows again and
| lose all the programs I have installed. Any help would
| be appreciated.
|
| Thanks
 
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Mike H

Backup any files that a new installation would not re-install.. e.g. mail,
typed documents, pictures, mp3s.. next, boot from the XP Pro cd and take the
option to do a new install.. after that, re-install SP2 and anything else
that you backed up.. after all of this, you have gained more file security
(if you choose to use it) and more networking options (if you really need
them)..
 
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Barry Watzman

It's because you installed SP2 on the XP Home drive while the PRO CD has
only SP1.

Options:

1. Return the product, wait for a retail version with SP2 on it to come
out, buy and use that.

2. Use the CD that you bought and SP2 to create a "slipstream" XP Pro
CD that already has SP2 on it. NOTE: Although this will create an XP
Pro SP2 CD, it still might not work because I'm not sure that the
install program will actually understand the situation as such.

3. Try removing SP2, then do the upgrade, then reinstall SP2.
 
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Barry Watzman

The best way to create a slipstream CD is to use a program called
"Autostream". Put the XP (pre-SP2) in a drive, put the full 270 MB SP2
update on the hard drive, tell Autostream where both are, press "start"
and presto, it does it ALL, leaving an ".ISO" CD-ROM image that you just
burn.


Bob said:
Solution #1: uninstall SP2. (Use the software uninstall control panel. It
may also be possible to use System Restore.)

If you can't do the above, prepare a slipstreamed version of XP Pro with
SP2:

http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=295

"Slipstreaming Windows 2000/XP [SP1,SP1a,SP2] (TTID #295)"

(There may be better sites, but the instructions here appear to be
effective.)

What you create is a backup copy of the XP Pro CD , with SP2 applied. (It's
not a hack: I believe that it's an officially supported feature, intended
for use by IT departments.)

HTH.

Address altered. Replace nkbob with bobkn.

Does anyone have a solution to upgrading from Windows XP
Home SP2 to XP Professional. I bought the upgrade to
professional disk today and the setup gives me the
following error message when I try to upgrade.
Setup cannot continue because the version of Windows on
your computer is newer than the version on the CD.

Warning: If you decide to delete the newer version of
Windows that is currently installed on your computer, the
files and settings cannot be recovered.

I certainly do not want to reinstall Windows again and
lose all the programs I have installed. Any help would
be appreciated.

Thanks
 
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