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xineohp
22-09-2004, 06:29 PM
I have WinXP home and I installed WinXP Pro trial version, I want to uninstall this and go back to my Home edition, but how can I do this without having to re-install everything again.

Cheers

beama
22-09-2004, 06:36 PM
trail version, do you mean you installed pro without activating it,
to the best of my knowledge I dont think you can what is effectivly downgrading your os my advice is BACKUP all critical data because if you haven't activated the pro version it will disable itself I possibly think you are in for a reinstall of xp home.
Did you buy or borrow this pro version?

xineohp
29-09-2004, 02:02 PM
Sorry been away for a few days, I got the trial version sent out to me from the Microsoft site (I requested trial software and this came with the pack). I have looked on the site but nothing there and looked on the cd nothing there. I hope I don't have to do a full re-install.

Cheers

metla
29-09-2004, 02:27 PM
Is there anything under add/remove programs?

xineohp
29-09-2004, 06:43 PM
Nothing at all relating to the trial version

~~~~~ s y ~~~~~
29-09-2004, 07:32 PM
Maybe it isn't a trial after all ;-)

KatiMike
29-09-2004, 07:34 PM
is it possible to system restore to a point before the "trial' was loaded on ? ... or does that not work for OS "upgrades" ?

xineohp
29-09-2004, 07:58 PM
Can't do system restore as 2 weeks ago I had a virus that I had to turn system restore off to deal with it. So system restore lost all recovery points

~~~~~ s y ~~~~~
29-09-2004, 08:14 PM
May I ask why you may want to go back to Home when already have Pro? I suspect that the 'trial clock' aren't taking effect in many trial CDs.

xineohp
30-09-2004, 09:19 AM
I really have no need for the Pro version I was just being nosey and having a look at it, as for the clock thingy (as you can tell I'm not a techi) you said, all I know is that it keeps telling me that I have 15, 14, 13, 12 etc days left before I have to activate it.

drcspy
30-09-2004, 10:05 AM
try this: start the pc from your original xp home cd.......then run 'install' and do a 'repair' install over the top of the existing 'pro' installation......with luck that'll reset your systm back to xphome and lose the pro verison......without you haveing to reinstall everything from scratch......

Odin
30-09-2004, 12:36 PM
Also try the files and transfer settings wizard