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how can I dowgrade my xp pro sp2 to xp home edition RRS feed

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  • Hi Tech out there!


    I want to downgrade my xp pro to xp home edition, but i cant install my cd of xp home edition.
    the cd can't be read if i do reboot. And if i intall xp home inside my windows xp pro, it says "can't install home edition because im already using xp pro". 
    I want to try some software but im afraid to use those software. 

    Thank's 'n advance......
    Monday, March 2, 2009 1:33 PM

Answers

  • Dave_Smith,

    There is no such thing as a "downgrade installation" from XP Pro to XP Home.

    You have to back up and offload your data, then do a clean installation of XP Home.

    If your optical drive is not able to read the XP CDROM you have, there are several things you can try:

    1.  Remove the nonperforming optical disc drive and replace it with a known good drive.

    2.  Using your favorite CD burning program, make a copy of the CD.  The process of copying a CD uses an error correction system can can sometimes overcome scratches or other surface defects that would make the original CD unreadable for software installation purposes.

    3.  Are you sure you have your system's boot preference order set up correctly?

    4.  Try to use the six floppy diskette method of starting XP Setup on a computer without a bootable CDROM drive:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310994
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Wednesday, March 4, 2009 6:27 PM
    Wednesday, March 4, 2009 4:50 AM

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  • Dave_Smith,

    There is no such thing as a "downgrade installation" from XP Pro to XP Home.

    You have to back up and offload your data, then do a clean installation of XP Home.

    If your optical drive is not able to read the XP CDROM you have, there are several things you can try:

    1.  Remove the nonperforming optical disc drive and replace it with a known good drive.

    2.  Using your favorite CD burning program, make a copy of the CD.  The process of copying a CD uses an error correction system can can sometimes overcome scratches or other surface defects that would make the original CD unreadable for software installation purposes.

    3.  Are you sure you have your system's boot preference order set up correctly?

    4.  Try to use the six floppy diskette method of starting XP Setup on a computer without a bootable CDROM drive:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310994
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Wednesday, March 4, 2009 6:27 PM
    Wednesday, March 4, 2009 4:50 AM
  • Hello Mr. Dan,

     My CDROM is okay theres no issue 'bout my cd drive... So what do you mean I can downgrade my xp pro to home?
    All I have to do is to find a better cd of home? Im thinking this case, why my cd of home does not able to boot because Im already using XP Pro... Please visit this site if it is recommended in downgrading... I need your opinion...  http://www.computerrepairchorley.co.uk/index.php/archives/3


    Thank' 'n advance...

    Wednesday, March 4, 2009 8:51 AM