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Hack your PC to upgrade it

by Nikola Strahija on June 5th, 2005 By claims of C'T, a german computer magazine, by changing only 2 bytes from the file in Windows's XP Home, users can get access certain functions only available in Windows XP Professional, such as Remote Desktop, User management and enhanced security features.

C'T writes in its latest issue that you need to copy the root directory and the i386 directory of the WindowsXP CD to your harddisk, extract the Bootsector of your WindowsXP CD and change only 2 bytes in by using Regedit.

In fact all you have to do is edit the binary key "default" and change "01" to "00" and "02" to "00" in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEHomekeyControlSet001Servicessetupdd, C'T claims.

Although this sounds good, there is one big drawback. Users won't be able to install Service Pack 2, unless they integrate SP2 in the installation CD. It is expected that Microsoft will change the setup files soon to prevent this hack.

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