Change Windows XP Home to Windows XP Pro

I got to try this…

July 11, 2006
Change Windows XP Home to Windows XP Pro
Filed under: IT stuff asendure @ 3:33 am
Needless to say that the legitamacy of this hack is dubious and you wont get any support from MS for doing it.

You cant change an installed Windows but only your Installation CD (or even a recovery CD in case the manufacturer had not left out important parts). So heres how it gets done.

  1. Copy the root directory and the i386 directory of the WindowsXP CD
    to your harddisk
  2. Extract the Bootsector of your WindowsXP CD
  3. Change 2 Bytes in i386\ :
    a) Open Regedit
    b) Highlight HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    c) Menu: File -> Load Structure -> i386\
    d) Assign an arbitrary name to the imported structure e.g. Homekey
    e) Goto HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Homekey\ControlSet001\Services\setupdd
    f) edit the binary key default and change 01 to 00 and 02 to
    g) Highlight Homekey and select menu: File -> unload structure
  4. Burn your new XP Pro CD
  5. Install WindowsXP as usual. Your XP Home Key will work.

source: Gizmodo … ws-xp-pro/

hmmm… that should solve one of my curiousity of seeing a Home XP joining a AD Domain…

sweet find…will have to check it out sometime…thanks…