A new company I started with this week requires our laptops to run XP Pro, and I have Home Edition. I have discs for XP Pro, but I do not want to do a clean install (I have the straight version, not an upgrade) because there are certain things I want to keep on my laptop--factory default restore feature, etc. So then I thought what about doing a dual boot? But then I started reading that if I only have one partition, I'll have to reformat anyway, which I do not want to do.
Any suggestions? If I can do it without having to format my HD, how do I do it? I tried installing the XP Pro disc and it says the version of windows I'm using is newer than the disc and it won't let me do anything.
My coworker let me wipe her laptop and do a clean install (just have to install drivers, etc. now), but I definitely don't want to do a clean install.
I need to get this done ASAP so I can have access to the company network and software. Need this ASAP.