View Full Version : Uninstall Win XP Pro trial

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.


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?

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.


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

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

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

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" ?

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

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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.

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.

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......

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