Laptop OS upgrade (XP home to pro)
I've got a Dell Inspiron 8100 running XP Home Edition and I want to upgrade to XP Pro. I've got a XP Pro cd (gotta love MS Campus Agreements) but I'm wary of making the switch. I'm just worried that something will go horribly awry and I'll have to wipe the drive and start from scratch. Anyone have any tips or things to note before I bite the bullet and upgrade? Also, I'm assuming that I'll have to reinstall all my software. Is this correct? I know that ME (yuck) didn't require this when upgrading/downgrading (depending on your pov) from 98. Anyone? Thanks for your help.
I've done exactly what you're considering and it was almost painless. For some reason it reset the start menu so all the shortcuts to all the software I'd installed disappeared. If you make a copy of them you shouldn't have the pain I did reconfiguring them. Aside from that it ran a treat and everything still worked.
should not be a problem... i've upgraded home to pro without any issues, not even the shortcuts thingy mentioned.
If your laptop has a CD burner just zip up your favorites and everything in your "My Documents" (or My Music or My Pictures or My Microsoft Bob whaever) folder and burn it.
I am a great fan of SP3, but SP2 has slightly less compatibility for me. I have had some incompatibility problems. On the gaming side I tend to stay with DirectX 8.1 Final.. you'll want to back up these old Service Packs because it gets really hard to find them (time consuming) in Microsoft's huge website.
Oopps.. said it opposite. I meant SP2 is more compatible with the various software I install. Try SP2, and go to SP3 only if you need all of the hot fixes really badly.
Also read these Microsoft KB articles:
Regarding why upgrade to XP Professional, for me the biggest reason would be that IIS is only in the Professional edition - if you use your system for developing ASP or ASP.NET applications/sites/pages it's really useful to have a local IIS on your system.
Check out the "File and Settings Transfer Wizard" in Accessories/System Tools too -- works rather well.
It's much better if you are prepared to rebuild your system from scratch at any moment, anyway.
I did the XP Home to XP Pro upgrade on my brother's new Dell 8200 laptop. I had originally intended to reformat and do a clean install, but decided to go with the upgrade process that popped up when I stuck the CD in, just for kicks. It worked great, and left all the programs in perfect working order, as well as the Start menu intact.
>>multi-processor, multi-monitor support on a laptop rite?
Thanks for the replies. As to the why? I'm hoping to use my laptop as my test system for learnign ASP.net, sql, etc, and as was mentioned, IIS not available in home. Also, I discovered while working on a Java assignment that it would be nice to be running IIS while not networked so I can avoid IOExceptions when testing apps that look up URLs. Anyways, thanks again for the info.
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