How can I upgrade my Windows XP Home to Windows XP Professional. I have SP 3 on my home edition and when I insert my copy of Windows XP Professional in the drive and try to install it says that it can not due to the fact that my copy is newer than the XP Professional
(Solved) - Win XP Home Edition SP3 upgrade to Win XP Professional(8 posts)
I only have one HD, but it is a 320 GB drive and I save all my data to an external Drive. The copy of XP professional is a purchased copy as a full copy and not an upgrade. Morry
To do what you want to do, you must make a Slipstream Installation Copy of XP Professional with Service Pack 3.
That should let the Professional XP3 installation begin the install process.
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However that is not the end of the issue.
Since SP-3 was released, there have been may be 400 updates or so.
Some are in your machine and are needed and some may not be needed for XP professional.
That is why I asked the question which I did.
The only correct way to install XP Professional would be to make the SP-3 sliptream and
then do a Clean Install and then install all updates again.
This would bring up a Chipset Driver issue plus machine device driver issues also as you are probably attempting to do this on a laptop with no floppy drive.
Is kinda-sorta like being painted into a corner when one only has one hard drive.
Thanks for the detailed information. I will have to think hard before I do this. Let me ask you another question. What if I partition my large HD into two partitions; one with my remaining XP home and then install the XP Pro on the other. Is that possible
You could do that BUT honestly would be more work than it's worth in my opinion.
XP is a dead-end O/S and your XP Home Version doesn't lack many additional features that XP Pro will give you.
I think it would be a better idea to learn and run Linux as a dual boot O/S. :)
Something like this.
I think you are correct with your comment about XP. I have a laptop which I bought with Vista and then made a clean install to Win 7 Pro. I love it and have had no problems, except to reinstall all my programs. I guess that I have the Win XP Pro program and just thought I would try to upgrade my present computer, which I put together from a couple of other computers. I previously have built two other computers from scratch and have been thinking about building another one. I am 76 and I guess a glutton for punishment. I went to the website from you link and bookmarked it. I just might try the new system. Thank you very much.
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