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Upgrade Solve Original OS Problems?

By bob ·
On a machine with WinXP Home.
This machine has serious OS problems. For instance, it cannot access the Windows update site, repeating an error message that the knowledgebase doesn't recognize. This is only one of the series of difficulties this OS is having.
The question is this:
If the OS was upgraded to WinXP Pro, utilizing a purchased upgrade product, would this correct these problems, or would they be transferred to the new OS?
Also, on an upgrade, there is no formatting involved, so am I correct in assuming that there is also no loss of current applications and saved files already on the system?

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by TheChas In reply to Upgrade Solve Original OS ...

As to if an OS upgrade will solve your problems, it depends on the root cause of the problems.

An upgrade to XP Pro will solve most problems related to corrupt Windows files.

An upgrade is not apt to repair problems in the Windows registry.

The biggest difference between XP Home and Pro is that XP Pro has more advanced networking capabilities.

If this PC is used as a stand alone home system, or the home network is primarily used to share a network connection, save the money and find a different way to correct the problem.

I would start with a registry cleaner.

While my personal choice is Fix-It from V-Com, Norton Win Doctor does a good job too.

There are 2 good registry cleaners that you can download as 30 day trial versions.

Registry Fixer from

And System Mechanic from Ilio Systems.

As to your other upgrade questions:

When you upgrade with XP Pro, it will keep only supported applications.
Since the system has XP Home installed, most of the applications should be fully supported.

As to files and user settings like bookmarks, those will be left intact. So long as nothing goes wrong.

It is ALWAYS best practice to back up critical files prior to any major software or hardware installation.

If this were a system that I was responsible for, and it is a home PC that is not networked, I would:

Back up the user files.
Collect logon and password information.
Get the install disks for the software the user actually uses.

Then, format the hard drive and start over with a clean installation of XP.


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by dbsteele In reply to Upgrade Solve Original OS ...

I worked on a computer which couldn't access the Windows update site, and the reason was that it was infested with several varieties of spyware. Can you change the Internet Explorer Home Page? If not, that's another spyware symptom. Try installing/running AdAware or another spyware removal program.

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