xp home or pro for repair

Posted on 2007-10-01
Last Modified: 2010-03-05
i'll be doing a OS repair for a customer. Machine will not boot. no coa on the machine I put the HD on my workstation, it is xp, got the key using keyfinder. How do i know if it is home or pro for the repair with only access to the hd using my other computer and not booting it up on the orig computer ( thereby simply looking at the computer properties)?
Question by:williamdavismusic
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    Accepted Solution

    not sure but look for gpedit.msc (Group Policy) under system32 folder
    for xp home it shouldn't be there, as it comes with xp professional only
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    Expert Comment

    This is probably not the answer you're looking for, but an XP Home repair probably won't work on a Pro install, and vice versa. Process of elimination.
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    Assisted Solution

    Just open the BOOT.INI file in the root of C:  (it's just a text file -- you can open it with Notepad)

    The line that loads the OS will show whether or not it's Home or Pro ... it will look something like this:

    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
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    Expert Comment

    Once you determine whether it's Pro or Home, you're only part way there. You also need to know whether it's OEM, Retail, or Upgrade for XPH or whether it's OEM, Retail, Upgrade, or VL for XP Pro.

    I don't know any way to differentiate between the various types. Absence of a COA for XP Pro makes me suspect either a VL copy or upgrade. For XP Home, an upgrade.

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    thanks! great answers!

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