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  • i downloaded window xp pro2 and i installed it i never knew that my computer will be a victim of not genuine. then it turned out to be not genuine is there a way to erase the windows xp pro and use my windows xp home edition so i could use windows update and download from microsoft? please help me!!!
    Monday, July 17, 2006 1:00 AM

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    One cannot install Windows XP Home Edition on a computer that is running Windows XP Professional. You will have to perform a "clean install" which requires a reformat of the hard drive and reinstall your programs after installing Windows XP.

    The Windows XP CD is bootable and contains all the tools necessary to partition and format your drive. Follow this procedure and allow Windows XP to partition and format your drive:

    NOTE: It would be best to physically disconnect all your peripheral hardware devices, except the monitor, mouse and keyboard, before installing XP.

    NOTE: If you have an internal Zip Drive installed, physically disconnect the EIDE and power cable to it before proceeding, otherwise your main hard drive may not be assigned the customary C: drive letter. After installing Windows XP, you may then reconnect it.

    1. Open your BIOS and set your "CD Drive as the first bootable device". ===> Accessing Motherboard BIOS ===> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm

    2. Insert your Windows XP CD in the CD Drive and reboot your computer.

    3. You'll see a message to boot to the CD....follow the instructions.

    4. The setup menu will appear and you should elect to delete all the existing Windows partitions, then create a new partition, then format the primary partition (preferably NTFS) and proceed to install Windows XP.

    5. Clean Install Windows XP http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html [Courtesy of Michael Stevens, MS-MVP]

    6. ==> Immediately after installing Windows XP, make sure XP's Firewall is enabled: ==> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/windowsxpsp2/Default.mspx

    7. After Windows XP is installed, visit the Windows Update website and download the available "Critical Updates".

    8. After installing the critical updates, be sure and visit the support website of the manufacturer of the computer to download and install any available Windows XP compatible drivers, such as video adapter and audio drivers.

    9. If you happen to run into any installation difficulties, use the following resources:

    How to Troubleshoot Windows XP Problems During Installation: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;310064

    Troubleshooting Windows XP Setup: http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_setup.htm  

    Monday, July 17, 2006 12:18 PM
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  • Montrealer,

    I have to assume from your post that you computer had a valid installation of XP Home at one time.  This XP Home was replaced by XP Pro.  Now the XP Pro is being ID'd as nongenuine, so you want to go back to XP Home.

    Unfortunately, there is no MS supported method for reverting an installation of XP Pro back to XP Home, other than doing a clean installation of XP Home.  Here is a good tutorial on clean installation:  http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

    A clean installation will repartition and reformat the hard disk drive of your computer, so before you start, please take precautions to offload or otherwise backup your personal data.

    Monday, July 17, 2006 1:09 AM
  • it still doesn't work can i talk with u on msn to get easier help i really don't understand what is happenning if yes type your msn messenger address

    please thanks regard montrealer

    Monday, July 17, 2006 1:25 AM
  • Montrealer,

    Sorry no MSN.

    What are you having problems with?

    Monday, July 17, 2006 1:35 AM
  •  

    One cannot install Windows XP Home Edition on a computer that is running Windows XP Professional. You will have to perform a "clean install" which requires a reformat of the hard drive and reinstall your programs after installing Windows XP.

    The Windows XP CD is bootable and contains all the tools necessary to partition and format your drive. Follow this procedure and allow Windows XP to partition and format your drive:

    NOTE: It would be best to physically disconnect all your peripheral hardware devices, except the monitor, mouse and keyboard, before installing XP.

    NOTE: If you have an internal Zip Drive installed, physically disconnect the EIDE and power cable to it before proceeding, otherwise your main hard drive may not be assigned the customary C: drive letter. After installing Windows XP, you may then reconnect it.

    1. Open your BIOS and set your "CD Drive as the first bootable device". ===> Accessing Motherboard BIOS ===> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm

    2. Insert your Windows XP CD in the CD Drive and reboot your computer.

    3. You'll see a message to boot to the CD....follow the instructions.

    4. The setup menu will appear and you should elect to delete all the existing Windows partitions, then create a new partition, then format the primary partition (preferably NTFS) and proceed to install Windows XP.

    5. Clean Install Windows XP http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html [Courtesy of Michael Stevens, MS-MVP]

    6. ==> Immediately after installing Windows XP, make sure XP's Firewall is enabled: ==> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/windowsxpsp2/Default.mspx

    7. After Windows XP is installed, visit the Windows Update website and download the available "Critical Updates".

    8. After installing the critical updates, be sure and visit the support website of the manufacturer of the computer to download and install any available Windows XP compatible drivers, such as video adapter and audio drivers.

    9. If you happen to run into any installation difficulties, use the following resources:

    How to Troubleshoot Windows XP Problems During Installation: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;310064

    Troubleshooting Windows XP Setup: http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_setup.htm  

    Monday, July 17, 2006 12:18 PM
    Moderator