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Old 05-31-04, 01:14 PM
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Upgrading XP Home to XP Professional

My friend bought a Dell Inspiron 600m last year with XP Home installed. Thought she'd never need XP Pro since all she did was word processing, downloading images from her digital camera, and going on the Internet. Now she wants to use her computer at school, and they're using domains so she needs to get XP Professional. The school provides Windows XP Pro for $49. Can she just buy that and install it on top of XP Home?
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Old 05-31-04, 01:20 PM
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I don't know but it doesn't sound good.

The original TweakUI for XP had a "bug" that allowed Home to join a domain. I wonder if I have that around...
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Old 05-31-04, 01:24 PM
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Check this out:

http://vowe.net/archives/001639.html

and this:

http://www.techno-link.com/wown/wxphdoms.htm

It appears you can get access to network drives but you won't get centralized management such as login scripts and group profiles. But that doesn't necessarily sound like a bad thing to me.
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Depending on the complexity of their network, those hacks may not be enough.

$49 for XP Pro is a great price. She can simply install it on top.
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Totally didn't see this thread... lol
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Old 06-01-04, 01:59 AM
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Originally posted by Shazam
Depending on the complexity of their network, those hacks may not be enough.

$49 for XP Pro is a great price. She can simply install it on top.
Just boot off the CD to install? She won't lose any data in the main drive, right (well, she only has one partition in the one hard drive)?

The school was going to give XP Pro to everyone (well, they were going to include it in the $40,000 tuition--this is dental school), but they decided to do a subsidized system instead since many students already had XP Pro.
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Old 06-01-04, 09:56 AM
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It appears you can get access to network drives but you won't get centralized management such as login scripts and group profiles. But that doesn't necessarily sound like a bad thing to me.

Yup. My laptop is currently running XP Home. I can connect to the shared resources in my domain at home simply by knowing the correct path to any given device. It might in some ways be more convenient to actually be able to enter the box into the domain, but so far I haven't found anything that I needed to do and couldn't.
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