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Upgrade from XP Home...

By siljoguz ·
Is it possible to upgrade system from XP Home to XP Professional using Multi Volume License key? II know it works when I upgrade from Windows 2000 Professional, but I'm not sure If I can do it from XP Home.

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Yes it's do able if you follow the directions here

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Upgrade from XP Home...
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ok

by siljoguz In reply to Yes it's do able if you f ...

I know how to upgrade, but i'm talking about using multi volume license installation cd. Someone told me that i can upgrade from Windows 2000 Professional to XP Professional or to Windows Vista Business because W2K, XP Pro and Vista Business are in same class of operating systems. However, from XP Home i can upgrade to Vista Home, but not to Vista Business. So, i am not asking for a precedure for upgrade. Before i can use Multi volume cd, i need to insert installation cd which came with PC. My question is, if i insert XP Home installation cd first, will my Multi volume cd work (that is the first step in upgrading using multi volume cd)?

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With XP Home to XP Pro it's just an In Place Install

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to ok

Even if you have a blank HDD that previously had XP Home on it though you need to use the Volume License Key when installing.

Vista is something completely different again and the only Volume License Product that I know of M$ selling is either Business or Enterprise versions. Everything Vista requires Activation so you can not exceed the maximum number of Vista Volume License Installations. As you have a Volume License it should be possible to upgrade to any M$ OS provided that the hardware will support the OS in question. If you are attempting to use a OEM or Retail Upgrade copy of Vista you first need the previous OS Installed on the HDD for Vista to install and you can not start off with a clean unloaded HDD like you could with previous versions of Windows and all you needed to do was open an optical drive drawer and insert the old CD to prove to the installer that you had the right to upgrade and did not require a New Copy of the Full Version of the OS.

Now I'm slightly confused as you asked originally about upgrading from Home to Pro and didn't make any mention of Vista but if you have a Volume License the Product Key activates what parts of Vista get installed as every version of each model of Vista is on the one DVD well at least all 32 or 64 Bit versions as M$ can not add both 32 & 64 Bit versions of Vista on the same DVD.

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by siljoguz In reply to With XP Home to XP Pro it ...

Ok. This is how it goes. I asked just for informational use. Disc in question is bought as a part of contract between my firm and Microsoft. We bought upgrade rights for operating systems. I know that i need to by PC with OS installed. Than I can use Multi Volume CD to upgrade that OS to newr version. This CD is capable to upgrade from W2K to XP Professional or to Vista Business or Ultimate version. Either way, i also need to have original OS installation CD before I can use Multi volume CD. Every OS that I upgrade to use the same license key (multi volume key). I red somewhere that upgrade is possible between operating systems that are in the same price category or in the same class (W2K to XP Professional to Vista Business but not to Vista Enterprise). the same story is with downgrade(using MV CD i can install XP Proefssional or W2K on PC with Vista Business preinstalled, but not on PC with Vista Home preinstalled).I know that i can upgrade from XP Home to Vista Home, but I don't know if I can upgrade from XP Home to XP Professional. Microsoft pointed me to some articles that were not very helpful.

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by siljoguz In reply to With XP Home to XP Pro it ...

Ok. This is how it goes. I asked just for informational use. Disc in question is bought as a part of contract between my firm and Microsoft. We bought upgrade rights for operating systems. I know that i need to by PC with OS installed. Than I can use Multi Volume CD to upgrade that OS to newr version. This CD is capable to upgrade from W2K to XP Professional or to Vista Business or Ultimate version. Either way, i also need to have original OS installation CD before I can use Multi volume CD. Every OS that I upgrade to use the same license key (multi volume key). I red somewhere that upgrade is possible between operating systems that are in the same price category or in the same class (W2K to XP Professional to Vista Business but not to Vista Enterprise). the same story is with downgrade(using MV CD i can install XP Proefssional or W2K on PC with Vista Business preinstalled, but not on PC with Vista Home preinstalled).I know that i can upgrade from XP Home to Vista Home, but I don't know if I can upgrade from XP Home to XP Professional. Microsoft pointed me to some articles that were not very helpful.

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by siljoguz In reply to With XP Home to XP Pro it ...

Ok. This is how it goes. I asked just for informational use. Disc in question is bought as a part of contract between my firm and Microsoft. We bought upgrade rights for operating systems. I know that i need to by PC with OS installed. Than I can use Multi Volume CD to upgrade that OS to newr version. This CD is capable to upgrade from W2K to XP Professional or to Vista Business or Ultimate version. Either way, i also need to have original OS installation CD before I can use Multi volume CD. Every OS that I upgrade to use the same license key (multi volume key). I red somewhere that upgrade is possible between operating systems that are in the same price category or in the same class (W2K to XP Professional to Vista Business but not to Vista Enterprise). the same story is with downgrade(using MV CD i can install XP Proefssional or W2K on PC with Vista Business preinstalled, but not on PC with Vista Home preinstalled).I know that i can upgrade from XP Home to Vista Home, but I don't know if I can upgrade from XP Home to XP Professional. Microsoft pointed me to some articles that were not very helpful.

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