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Windows XP Home Edition with SP2

By stallionuni ·
I have installed MS-Windows XP Home Edition with SP2 as an integrated part of the installaion, now I want to install MS-Windows XP Professional because I need to be part of the domain network we have at work and when I executet the WINNT32.EXE file I get a message that says that I have a newer version of windows and I cannot proceed any further; I think this is because I have SP2. The problem is that I cannot uninstall it because when I went to Add or Remove Programs Windows Service Pack 2 is not listed down there and I think that's because SP2 was installed along Windows cause it was (SP2) intergrated in the Windows CD.

So is there a way/workaround that I can Upgrade my XP Home Edition Ver to XP Pro Ver. Can I for example disable something from the Regisry or is there a tool that allows me to Uninstall the Service Pack from within XP Home Edition.

Thank you,

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by stallionuni In reply to

Thank you for your help but that was not my question.
My question is: I can't upgrade my XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2 to XP Professional the OS system gives a message that says you're having a newer OS and I guess this is because Service Pack 2 is installed and I have no option from the Add remove programs to remove the SP2 as it was installed along with the XP Home Edtion installation CD.

So is there a way, a tool whatever that enables me to remove SP2 from my Home Edition system in that case I will be able to upgrade it to XP Pro.

Thank you so much

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by Sue T In reply to Windows XP Home Edition w ...

Did you try slip streaming service pack 2 into your XP professional and then trying to install XP pro on to the workstation?

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by stallionuni In reply to

Thank you Sue T,
No I haven't tried this, I will do so, but I don't know how to do the slipstreaming. Suring around the NET I found this site:

http://www.petri.co.il/windows_2000_xp_sp_slipstreaming.htm

Do you think this is a good one guiding me on how to do the slipstreaming, if you have a better link I would highly apprecite your help in this.

Thank you so much

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by CG IT In reply to Windows XP Home Edition w ...

did you check the box "show updates" in add and remove programs?

This is in the upper center of the windows by the sort menu.

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by stallionuni In reply to

Hi CGIT, Yes, I did, and still I cannot get Windows XP Service Pack2 on the list.

Thank you so much though

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by myplums In reply to Windows XP Home Edition w ...

Have you tried looking for the sp2 uninstaller? Unhide any system folders and look in C:\WINDOWS\$NtUninstallKBxxxxxx_0$\spuninst. (where x relates to the pach no.) There you will find a file spuninst.exe.
Not sure if this will work as your sp2 is intergrated as part of the build.

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by drichards In reply to Windows XP Home Edition w ...

I have upgraded several machines that had Windowx XP Home edition w/ SP2 to XP Pro w/ SP2 with no problems that you are experiencing.
Your solution is to purchase the Windows XP Pro w/SP2 UPGRADE. Wal-mart or OfficeMAX has them for 180 - 200 bucks. Seemless upgrade. Have the XP Home booted up, insert the upgrade, done.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Windows XP Home Edition w ...

If the slipstreaming doesn't work you could always try a Repair Install from Booting from the XP Pro CD.

To do this you'll need a full copy of XP Pro and not a copy from one of the computer makers something like an OEM copy should do the trick nicely.

If you are working with a Volume Licenser CD you'll need to do it this way and have a product Key available on the install then apply whatever Service Packs and patches are available but it will cost you a bit of HDD space so if that is a problem it would be easier and faster to just wipe the drive after backing up your data and don't forget to save your e-mails, favorites list and address book and then do a clean install.

After you have the system loaded install an AV program and have it fully updated before you attempt to log onto the Windows Live Update Site or you will end up with a major infection that is faster to do a clean install than repair.

If you do a clean install remember to wipe the HDD with a wiping utility that writes 0's to every sector and then you can just copy your Data and Favorites list back and import your Address Book and e-mails into either Outlook or Outlook Express.

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by Sue T In reply to Windows XP Home Edition w ...

This is the web site I used when I made my slipstreamed XP with sp2 CD the other week and I found the directions very easy to use and understand and on my first try I had success. The link is http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sp2_slipstream.asp
If that doesn't work you may want to make note of all of your hardware and use a tool to backup all of your drivers (I've seen a couple floating around the internet for free) and then backup all of your data (maybe use the file and settings transfer wizard in XP) and do a clean install. I haven't used the wizard because the file always gets so big and usually all I really care about saving is my data so I can't really say how well it works.

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