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Problems upgrading from Home to Prof

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by mazestix, May 16, 2009.

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  1. mazestix

    mazestix Thread Starter

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    First of all, Hi everybody :) That's my first post here.

    I use Windows XP Home Edition, Greek version (original copy bought with the laptop 2 years ago)

    This is the whole story:

    I was running NOD32 for viruses and ZoneAlarm for firewall+antispyware when for no reason I realized that Zone antispyware is not working. Nothing that I did fixed the problem. I got suspicious and downloaded spywaredoctor to run a scan. BIG MISTAKE!!! The System crashed 3-4 times and even when I unistalled the software the OS didn't become stable. On the contrary, it crashed and couldn't start windows (only on safe mode). I unistalled all the software (NOD32 and ZoneAlarm) and that is how I managed to get into windows. But the loading of windows was taking a great deal of time!!! I was sure that registy got damaged and I had to repair windows... But there is a big difference. My original copy is in Greece, and I live in a foreign country. I couldn't find a copy of a greek version here so I asked my friends in the office if they had any original copies of other versions and I found XP Home and XP prof in English.

    I thought that I might upgrade from Home to Prof with no problems. So I went to "Run", typed "cmd" and then D:\i386\winnt32/unattend to reinstall. A message poped up "you run a different language, upgrade will not be available" but i ignored it (one more BIG MISTAKE). I finished installation and now I have 2 Windows versions on the same particion (I don't understand why the setup didn't see my Home on the same particion...).

    So, now I have a Home greek version with all my data but a damaged registy
    and a Prof english version with none of my data...

    What I want is ONE steady OS. I don't care if it's home or prof, greek or english. I want it to be steady, load quickly and have - if possible - my data on it... I use a various range o software for my work and I don't even want to think of reinstalling everything (some of the CDs are in Greece :mad: ) What I know, is that I have to find my greek copy, run a repair and delete the other OS from the partision (i don't know how though). But I will not be able to find my greek copy earlier than July... And it's hard to work with a laptop in that condition... For what is worth, I have made all my backups and I'm ready for any solutions... But I prefer the easiest and fastest :D


    Sorry for the mpla mpla, i wish it was simplier....
    Any ideas?
     
  2. tex0gen

    tex0gen

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    I tried to upgrade from home to professional and ended up messing up my computer being stupid and all. Drivers were a ngihtmare to find and had to just re-do the whole lot again in home. so my advice would be, stick to home.

    to install, shutdown the computer and run from the disc and do a hard format while reinstalling the os. DONE.
     
  3. mazestix

    mazestix Thread Starter

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    my Home will be as new if I run a repair... the problem is that I have to wait for 1,5 months to go back to my country and fix it.

    Format is the absolute solution, but it's something I can avoid in that situation and gain time...

    By the way, how do i delete completely an OS from my disc? Without installing a new on it?
     
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