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Windows XP Pro installed but computer boots to Home Edition

My daughter took her computer to a repair shop for a new hard drive. They put in a new hard drive and reinstalled the previous hard drive contents. She was running XP Pro. When she got the system back it booted up to XP home, but went to the blue screen and tried to reboot. It was a loop of booting to Home, blue screen, restart. Could it be that the repair shop put in a refurbished (or used and cleaned) hard drive that previously had Home running on it and that the boot.ini file was pointing there? They seem quite confused. This is a Dell Inspiron computer, and I'm pretty green on this stuff.

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Re: Windows XP Pro installed but computer boots to Home...

It sure is possible.
I would take it back to them and demand that WINXP Pro is put back in there and it boot correctly
They saved about 50 bucks putting in WINXP Home.

Sounds like a bunch of rookies trying to pull a fast one.

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Yes expert ntldr missing

It means that your computer is missing a file that windows xp needs to run boot properly or is missing a program that your home edition xp needs. Repairing the OS or windows xp home edition by means of your xp instalation cd will do the job. Just insert your xp installation disk to your cd/dvd rom and select install windows xp home edition. Then select ( repair ), and so on let it finish repairing . Once your system rebooted, let it run without pressing enter or space bar. Just watch and let your computer do the job. This will probably solve your boot problem. But before doing all of this, please check your IDE or SATA cable and also the power cable that is connected to your hard drive. Try to unplug and plug again to ensure a good connection. If this won't work, you can proceed repairing Your windows xp installation or reinstalling a new xp operating system. Have a nice day and i hope i was in any help to you friend.

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I want to change my windows xp to Home edition

You can also do a clean installation by following the procedure as listed below:To perform a clean installation of Windows XP, follow these steps:Back up all important information before you perform a clean installation of Windows XP. Save the backup to an external location, such as a CD or external hard disk.Start your computer from the Windows XP CD. To do this, insert the Windows XP CD into your CD drive or DVD drive, and then restart your computer.
Note To boot from your Windows XP CD, the BIOS settings on your computer must be configured to do this.When you see the "Press any key to boot from CD" message, press any key to start the computer from the Windows XP CD.At the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER to start Windows XP Setup.Read the Microsoft Software License Terms, and then press F8.Follow the instructions on the screen to select and format a partition where you want to install Windows XP.Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the Windows XP Setup.

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Windows XP Home Not Booting

For that you need to recover error on hard drive then you can see repair option.
For that insert windows disk or recovery disk in cd/dvd rom.
Then boot your computer with it set first boot device as cd/dvd rom in bios.
Then follow the procedure select "R" for recovery console.
Then type in prompt "chkdsk /r" then press "y"
then it fix error on hard drive.
Then restart computer then it search the previous windows then you can see "r" for repair previous windows.
Let me know if you need further assistance.
Thanks for using FixYa.

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My daughter (aged 12) has loaded a copy of Vista (which were discs from a computer her grandmother no longer owns and has been scrapped) onto her laptop which had Windows XP installed. She does not have a...


If she did not format the hard disk, then the Windows XP startup option will be present in boot option. When computer startup you will get a choice like this:

1 Microsoft Windows Vista Home Edition.
2 Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2

In that case you can restore XP, starting on XP and editing the file winboot.ini, that is an hidden system file located on C:/ drive.

See:How to edit the Boot.ini file in Windows XP.

If instead Windows XP does not start, or if you do not get the boot option, that means that Windows XP system file had been deleted.

In that case the only way to get back Windows XP is reinstalling the system from scrap, using a Windows XP install disk, and the number listed on the licence sticker.


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I can boot up when i put in my new hard drive

New hard drives have to be formatted and an operating system installed to be able to boot up.

The operating system depends on what you want to put on there

As you are posting in the XP HOME section I would suggest you set your bios to boot from CD
Place the XP HOME CD in the drive and boot up
It will say press any key to boot from CD DO SO !

Follow the on screen instructions until setup is complete and then start to install the drivers you need and activate XP

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Hell, Sorry to hear your having problems your analysis sounds correct but lets make sure it's not something else first. Can you give me more details on the drive Brand, IDE/SCSI, model number. Do you have access to a computer with a CD burner?

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you should have the porduct key on the side of the computer if it is a desktop ot on the botton of the laptop.

Win95,98 ME yes, you can see it in the registry.
Windows Xp and up, you need some kind of software to decode the number in the registry.
it calls magic jellybeam keyfinder. this will ge the ket and decode it. how you going to get it on the machine is another story.
you may be able to use the software by hitting F8 just before the Windows logon come on, select safe mode and go from there.

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Your hard-drive or IDE cable (the cable that attaches the HDD to the motherboard) may be damaged. Try replacing this cord, or get professional help from your local computer service shop.

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did u go into c moss and set your for it to boot off of the hard drive sounds like it tryn to boot off the cd hope this helps

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