XP pro upgrade
Posted 14 April 2005 - 03:17 AM
Posted 14 April 2005 - 03:38 AM
Posted 14 April 2005 - 03:45 AM
Posted 14 April 2005 - 08:08 AM
OEM is the same as the full copy, only difference is that it doesn't come in the pretty box with all the manuals etc. Its used by PC manufacturers as it is cheaper! the only reason you should upgrade to professional is if you were wanting to network as your friend said
Posted 14 April 2005 - 08:11 AM
Posted 14 April 2005 - 08:16 AM
Posted 14 April 2005 - 08:35 AM
First, just to correct an inaccuracy posted above...you do not have to install windows xp pro to a clean, formatted drive. Upgrade or Retail will install to a drive with current OS on it, and even OEM will install to a drive with an OS on it provided you hide the OS by renaming the windows directory. I do this all the time when a windows install is so crapped up but I want to keep the data and cannot get into Windows and back it up.
As for the Xp Pro v. Home argument, generall speaking, most people do not need Pro unless they are joining a domain. That said, there are a few compelling reasons to go for Pro, but whether they are compelling to you is a matter of choice.
I get asked this question so many times that I wrote a little article on it that amplifies on what usetobe linked to above.
Still in the rough draft form, but if you care to look:
Posted 14 April 2005 - 08:45 AM
If you connect to a primary domain controller for network authentication, then you need XP Pro. XP home should be able to connect to shares, providing you set up an account. If you run a third party mail server ie Terrapin Multinet on your PDC then XP home should authenticate for send/receive
XP Pro has several additional programs ie IIS, Remote desktop & MS backup program
It also supports dynamic disks, multiprocessors & encrypted file sytem (EFS) etc
As for the disc & are you handy with a screwdriver? (or built the PC anyway) If so, turn off the PC & switch off power, open the case, identify the data disc and remove the molex 4 pin power lead.
Install your XP Pro, patch & configure etc & your data disc can be re-connected. On power up WinXP will just add the drive and assign it a drive letter.
Even Microsoft cant trash your data doing this!
Posted 14 April 2005 - 12:18 PM
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