XP home "upgrade" to pro.


C

CWW

I had XP Pro from 2003 but recently the hard drive went to hell. I
managed to recover with the recovery CD (and a new drive) and some
hacking but that installed XP home which was subsequently upgraded to
SP2.

Now that I've stabilized, I would like to reinstall XP Pro on my
computer but installing the CD gives me the following error:

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'd really not like to lose all my files and settings second time, so
any help turning the install into an upgrade will be appreciated.

C.
 
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Shenan Stanley

CWW said:
I had XP Pro from 2003 but recently the hard drive went to hell. I
managed to recover with the recovery CD (and a new drive) and some
hacking but that installed XP home which was subsequently upgraded
to SP2.

Now that I've stabilized, I would like to reinstall XP Pro on my
computer but installing the CD gives me the following error:

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'd really not like to lose all my files and settings second time,
so any help turning the install into an upgrade will be appreciated.

Slipstream SP2 into your Windows XP Professional installation CD.
 
A

AJR

Any XP version with SP2 installed is considered an upgrade in relation to XP
without SP2. Two choices 1. Remove SP2 via the Control Panel - install XP
Pro and SP2 or 2. Create a "slipstream" CD which will include XP Pro and
SP2.
Google "slipstream" for instructions.
 
B

Bruce Chambers

CWW said:
I had XP Pro from 2003 but recently the hard drive went to hell. I
managed to recover with the recovery CD (and a new drive) and some
hacking but that installed XP home which was subsequently upgraded to
SP2.

Now that I've stabilized, I would like to reinstall XP Pro on my
computer but installing the CD gives me the following error:

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'd really not like to lose all my files and settings second time, so
any help turning the install into an upgrade will be appreciated.

C.


This means that your installed OS is at a higher service pack level
than is the WinXP Pro CD you're using. You'll either need to uninstall
SP2 (Control Panel, Add/Remove programs) before attempting the upgrade,
or try slipstreaming SP2 into older WinXP installation.

For slip-streaming the service pack and subsequent updates to WinXP:

How to integrate software updates into your Windows installation source
files
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;828930

SlipStreaming WinXP
http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/slipstream.htm


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G

Guest

I would save time and just burn a CD with your files in it (i.e Documents and
Setting/User)... Maybe create a registry backup (current user only) and
restore it once all running and updated.. I think that would save time
anyways, if i'm wrong, correct me.......
 
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Rock

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'd really not like to lose all my files and settings second time, so
any help turning the install into an upgrade will be appreciated.

Others have answered your main concern with info about slipstreaming. I
would like to add something reference the comment that "I'd really not like
to lose all my files ....". A full and complete backup is protection
against that. There should always, always be one. Don't wait for
catastrophic data loss before you decide it's needed.
 
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