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Join Date: Apr 2009
05-14-2009, 03:55 AM
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Slipstreamed Windows XP CD Using SP3
Join Date: May 2009
05-15-2009, 01:37 AM
I ve upgraded 3 or four computers in the past from xp home to xp pro.
I need xp pro for work. It was never a big deal -- you buy the upgrade disk and install it, and it can be fairly straightforward. Sometimes you have to uninstalll a service pack from the target system if the upgrade disk is behind the target system in SPs. But with this Dell machine (a mini 10) it was impossible because the SP3 could not be uninstalled from XP home.
After some time on the phone with Windows India, I had to wipe the drive and reinstall everything (PRO and the dell software) from scratch. I was not pleased about that, and it took hours. It was made worse by the fact that reinstalling Dell's drivers and tools is a pain. The instructions and drivers disk was really poor in every respect. Between Dell's poor driver disk and microsoft's non functional XP PRO upgrade disk its hard to say which company sucked more. Something that should have taken 15 minutes took a day.
But I finished it late last night and it appears to be working.
Still, it makes me very reluctant to similarly upgrade the mini 9 I got at the same time to XP pro. At least not until I get over my frustration over how ridiculous it was to have to go through all that nonsense with the mini 10 over a simple upgrade. And to be sure I got all the drivers back on the ten correctly. Dell's instructions didn't seem very correct or complete, though the ten seems functional so far. It seems like a nice computer once I get the bad taste from upgrading it out of my mouth.
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