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CrazyDiamond

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I upgraded from Home Edition and ever since, I've had boot problems. Can I uninstall Professional without uninstalling Home Edition, and how do I do that?
 
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To uninstall Windows XP

• Click Start, click Control Panel, click Add or Remove Programs.

• Click Windows XP Professional, click Remove and then follow the instructions on your screen.

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You cannot uninstall Windows XP Professional if you:

• Changed your hard disk configuration, for example, if you have converted from FAT to NTFS or have created partitions

• Upgraded from Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000 Professional.


That is what Microsoft says... I have not done that for a long time, but I think during the upgrade process, it offers you the option to create a backup. If you opted to do so, you should be able to uninstall it.

If I may ask, why do you want to revert?
 

CrazyDiamond

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I read the help that Microsoft gave me, but when I went to the programmes list, the only thing there was Windows XP Hotfix removal. It did not have "Windows XP Professional" or anything remotely related to it. I want to get rid of Pro because it is a copy that my college gave me, and I'm sure that it was a faulty and terrible copy at that. My computer was at least running before this. Now I have to spend at least an hour a day restarting my computer in safe mode, last configuration that worked, etc. I spend an hour EVERYDAY doing this, before my computer works, and when it does, it runs pretty slow, and it's gotten to the point that I may just leave the thing on so I can use it the next day. I've ran a virus checker twice and the viruses on there were supposedly removed, and I ran adaware and system cleanup and I have done everything short of just wiping out the hard drive (which I would have done, but the company never sent me the CD I need when I got the computer). I want to get Pro off of my computer so I can at LEAST use it everyday. I need it for school, and I really don't want to have to go down to the computer lab everyday or get a new computer. Again, I can't get rid of XP anyway because it isn't even an option in the programmes list and I have never noticed it there before, even when I wasn't having problems with it.

Here are the specs of my computer, if it helps:

Compaq Presario (got it last year so it's practically brand new...knew I shouldn't have got a Compaq...but my dad wouldn't let me get what I wanted...)
512MB DDR SDRAM
120GB Hard Drive
NVIDIA GeForce4 graphics card

I am at my wits end, and it looks as if my only option is to buy a new hard drive or something.
 
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Sorry, that is the only way I know of to remove it. Not sure if anyone else has some input for you. I have never seen instructions on manually removing XP Pro.

Maybe via System Restore? Provided that the upgrade did not clear them all out.

Yes, Compaq quit sending out the restoration CDs. If you have a CD-Writer or DVD-Writer in your system, you have to create your own restoration CDs via the Compaq Recovery CD-DVD Creator.

You might be able to order a copy of your CDs from them. It would be worth a try.

Sorry....

Shane
 

CrazyDiamond

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Thank you for your help. I didn't know I had to create my own CD. Rather silly...but I'll try it.
 
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I agree with you there... However, they started doing that a while back. You are not the only one that has that problem. I see almost every day at work.

Lots of luck...

Shane
 
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