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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by JB, Mar 28, 2010.

  1. JB

    JB Flightless Bird

    I need to install XP Home and for that I understand that I need to format
    disk as at the moment I have XP Professional (which appears to be illegal).

    When I installed the XP Prof I had a lot of trouble installing the printer
    and the scanner. Is there a way of copying the necessary files, so that all
    I have to do is to put them back after the reinstall?~

    Thank you

    ~JB
     
  2. Terry R.

    Terry R. Flightless Bird

    On 3/28/2010 4:43 AM On a whim, JB pounded out on the keyboard

    > I need to install XP Home and for that I understand that I need to format
    > disk as at the moment I have XP Professional (which appears to be illegal).
    >
    > When I installed the XP Prof I had a lot of trouble installing the printer
    > and the scanner. Is there a way of copying the necessary files, so that all
    > I have to do is to put them back after the reinstall?~
    >
    > Thank you
    >
    > ~JB
    >
    >


    Hi JB,

    You should be able to do everything in XP Pro as you can in XP Home, and
    more. The only reason is you don't have the proper drivers most likely.

    Go to the device manufacturers website and do a search on the model
    number of your hardware. You should be able to download the correct
    driver for all of them.

    And save yourself the time of reinstalling the OS.


    Terry R.
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  3. JB

    JB Flightless Bird

    Thanks, but I think you misunderstoo«d my message. I must unistall XP Pro
    because it is an illegal copy (apparently) and as I cannot reinstall XP Home
    without formatting the disk, I am going to lose information that I had
    troublke getting in the past. I wonder if there is a method for backing up
    the drivers of the printer and scanner.

    JB




    "Terry R." <F1Com@NOSPAMpobox.com> escreveu na mensagem
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    > On 3/28/2010 4:43 AM On a whim, JB pounded out on the keyboard
    >
    >> I need to install XP Home and for that I understand that I need to format
    >> disk as at the moment I have XP Professional (which appears to be
    >> illegal).
    >>
    >> When I installed the XP Prof I had a lot of trouble installing the
    >> printer
    >> and the scanner. Is there a way of copying the necessary files, so that
    >> all
    >> I have to do is to put them back after the reinstall?~
    >>
    >> Thank you
    >>
    >> ~JB
    >>
    >>

    >
    > Hi JB,
    >
    > You should be able to do everything in XP Pro as you can in XP Home, and
    > more. The only reason is you don't have the proper drivers most likely.
    >
    > Go to the device manufacturers website and do a search on the model number
    > of your hardware. You should be able to download the correct driver for
    > all of them.
    >
    > And save yourself the time of reinstalling the OS.
    >
    >
    > Terry R.
    > --
    > Anti-spam measures are included in my email address.
    > Delete NOSPAM from the email address after clicking Reply.
     
  4. C

    C Flightless Bird

    JB wrote:
    > Thanks, but I think you misunderstoo«d my message. I must unistall XP Pro
    > because it is an illegal copy (apparently)


    How do you know? Did you check it out here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/

    > and as I cannot reinstall XP Home
    > without formatting the disk, I am going to lose information that I had
    > troublke getting in the past. I wonder if there is a method for backing up
    > the drivers of the printer and scanner.
    >
    > JB
    >


    --
    C
     
  5. Lem

    Lem Flightless Bird

    C wrote:
    > JB wrote:
    >> Thanks, but I think you misunderstoo«d my message. I must unistall XP
    >> Pro because it is an illegal copy (apparently)

    >
    > How do you know? Did you check it out here:
    >
    > http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/
    >
    >> and as I cannot reinstall XP Home without formatting the disk, I am
    >> going to lose information that I had troublke getting in the past. I
    >> wonder if there is a method for backing up the drivers of the printer
    >> and scanner.
    >>
    >> JB
    >>

    >


    The usual advice is to go to the website(s) of the appropriate hardware
    manufactuer(s) and download the latest drivers. In your case, you would
    copy them to some external medium (e.g., burn them to CD or use a USB
    memory stick).

    There are some shareware apps that allow you to copy the current
    drivers, but I've never used them. Google copy drivers or similar and
    you'll find a bunch. Here are 2 that seem to have trial offers:
    http://www.emergingtechs.com/posts/how-copy-windows-drivers-one-computer-another/
    http://www.driverguidetoolkit.com/

    --
    Lem

    Apollo 11 - 40 years ago:
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  6. VanguardLH

    VanguardLH Flightless Bird

    JB wrote:

    > Thanks, but I think you misunderstoo«d my message. I must unistall XP Pro
    > because it is an illegal copy (apparently) and as I cannot reinstall XP Home
    > without formatting the disk, I am going to lose information that I had
    > troublke getting in the past. I wonder if there is a method for backing up
    > the drivers of the printer and scanner.


    Copying the driver files is not sufficient for registering those drivers to
    the correct device. That is performed through the registry (and also with a
    hardware scan to match new hardware with the .inf or other driver files).
    You must *install* the drivers, not just copy the files.
     
  7. Terry R.

    Terry R. Flightless Bird

    On 3/28/2010 7:49 AM On a whim, JB pounded out on the keyboard

    > Thanks, but I think you misunderstoo«d my message. I must unistall XP Pro
    > because it is an illegal copy (apparently) and as I cannot reinstall XP Home
    > without formatting the disk, I am going to lose information that I had
    > troublke getting in the past. I wonder if there is a method for backing up
    > the drivers of the printer and scanner.
    >
    > JB
    >
    >
    >> You should be able to do everything in XP Pro as you can in XP Home, and
    >> more. The only reason is you don't have the proper drivers most likely.
    >>
    >> Go to the device manufacturers website and do a search on the model number
    >> of your hardware. You should be able to download the correct driver for
    >> all of them.
    >>
    >> And save yourself the time of reinstalling the OS.
    >>
    >>


    Well for one, have a backup of all your data that has been "verified" as
    complete.

    Then do as I said above for all add on devices. I would go to the
    computer maker web site and download all the drivers you need for your
    computer hardware.



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  8. Patrick Keenan

    Patrick Keenan Flightless Bird

    "JB" <open@closed.com> wrote in message
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    >I need to install XP Home and for that I understand that I need to format
    >disk as at the moment I have XP Professional (which appears to be illegal).


    Yes, you will have to do a clean install in this case.


    >
    > When I installed the XP Prof I had a lot of trouble installing the printer
    > and the scanner. Is there a way of copying the necessary files, so that
    > all I have to do is to put them back after the reinstall?~


    No, and that's asking for trouble. Get the right drivers and install them
    properly.

    HTH
    -pk

    >
    > Thank you
    >
    > ~JB
    >
     
  9. Patrick Keenan

    Patrick Keenan Flightless Bird

    "JB" <open@closed.com> wrote in message
    news:udwCXvmzKHA.2016@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >I need to install XP Home and for that I understand that I need to format
    >disk as at the moment I have XP Professional (which appears to be illegal).
    >
    > When I installed the XP Prof I had a lot of trouble installing the printer
    > and the scanner. Is there a way of copying the necessary files, so that
    > all I have to do is to put them back after the reinstall?~
    >
    > Thank you
    >
    > ~JB


    Also, you may find that the best approach is to get a new hard disk - where
    I am, 500 gig drives are about $60 - and set the XP Pro drive aside. Use
    it as your backup.
     
  10. Fuzzy

    Fuzzy Flightless Bird

    On 3/28/2010 07:43 AM, JB wrote:
    > I need to install XP Home and for that I understand that I need to format
    > disk as at the moment I have XP Professional (which appears to be illegal).
    >
    > When I installed the XP Prof I had a lot of trouble installing the printer
    > and the scanner. Is there a way of copying the necessary files, so that all
    > I have to do is to put them back after the reinstall?~
    >
    > Thank you
    >
    > ~JB
    >
    >

    Have you considered just purchasing a legal product key from Microsoft.
    If that is not possible then you should consider going to the problem
    hardware's manufacturer's website and download the appropriate drivers
    and software if available from the manufacturers website. As for the
    data that may be lost it is always a good idea to make backups of all
    the personal data that you want to keep for future use.
     

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