install xp home from having xp pro without format?

  TOFF 16:51 28 May 03
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I have a dell inspiron 3700 450mhz(laptop) with xp pro at the moment, it only just works on this computer. i am also able to use xp home, i want to switch to this, but do i have to format the computer and start a fresh? or not?

  AndySD 17:06 28 May 03

I have run xp on a 450 with no problems....but I disabled as many of the running processes as I could click here

  Terrahawk 17:13 28 May 03

i dont think you will get any improvement as sys requirement are the same for both operating systems
Here's What You Need to Use Windows XP Professional
PC with 300 megahertz or higher processor clock speed recommended; 233 MHz minimum required (single or dual processor system);* Intel Pentium/Celeron family, or AMD K6/Athlon/Duron family, or compatible processor recommended
128 megabytes (MB) of RAM or higher recommended (64 MB minimum supported; may limit performance and some features)
1.5 gigabytes (GB) of available hard disk space*
Super VGA (800 × 600) or higher-resolution video adapter and monitor
CD-ROM or DVD drive
Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device

Here's What You Need to Use Windows XP Home Edition
PC with 300 megahertz (MHz) or higher processor clock speed recommended; 233-MHz minimum required;* Intel Pentium/Celeron family, AMD K6/Athlon/Duron family, or compatible processor recommended
128 megabytes (MB) of RAM or higher recommended (64 MB minimum supported; may limit performance and some features)
1.5 gigabyte (GB) of available hard disk space.*
Super VGA (800 × 600) or higher resolution video adapter and monitor
CD-ROM or DVD drive
Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device

any way good luck with whatever you decide to do

  TOFF 17:49 28 May 03

how do i 'downgrade' then? i preferably want to keep all my files intact.

cheers so far

  Lead 18:45 28 May 03

I would like to reiterate what has already been said.

I can't see what benefits you would see from moving to Home. They are basically the same operating system. I think you would be better off disabling as many unwanted features as possible and see if that speeds things up.

There are many XP tweaking sites, google it. :)

  jeez 19:28 28 May 03

I agree with lead, in my mind downgrading to home would be like taking half your memory out (nothing to gain, only to loose)

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