7:58 PMConvert Windows XP Home Windows XP Professional
Convert an installation of Windows XP Home in a Professional version is
possible with a few simple steps, and this without reinstalling the
system or apply strange and unsavory patch of dubious origin. |
Contrary to appearances, the fact that this operation may appear as an illegal practice, is actually a valuable solution to address situations where the need for a smooth transition version following the purchase of an upgrade, is also accompanied by the absolute need to have your workstation up and running.
This also applies to those who hold a license pirate operating system, want to go from Home to Pro version after purchasing a license.
To convert your copy of Windows from Home to Professional version you should proceed as described below.
Click Start-> Run regedit and press Enter after typing.
Browse through the registry to the key
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SYSTEM \ ControlSet00X \ Control \ ProductOptions, and then click the subkey ControlSet00X with the highest numerical value corresponding to the letter X
Delete the registry key ProductSuite
Create a new DWORD key by giving it the name Brand
Set Brand with value 0
Exit regedit and reboot
On restart press the F8 key immediately after the sequence of the BIOS in order to access to the Start menu of Windows
Among the menu items you select Last Known Good Configuration and press ENTER
Once booted, type in Start-> Run command winver and press ENTER, the message-box will appear which will show the successful conversion to Professional
After you have successfully migrated the system without having to absorb the cost of a complete reinstallation and all in perfect legality for holders of a valid license.
It is obvious that any subsequent updates through Windows Update may require you to enter a new product key, but for those who have a regular copy of XP Professional, the problem does not exist: it will just use the one found on the sticker that came with the CD version of the Professional you have purchased.
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