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Chapter 3. Installation > Uninstalling a Windows XP Upgrade

Uninstalling a Windows XP Upgrade

The ability to uninstall Windows XP Professional from your computer is a completely new one to the Windows world. For many years now, smart installation routines have existed (now perfected by the Windows Installer and its MSI packages) that allowed you to effortlessly uninstall, modify, repair, or roll-back installed applications on your computer. Now in Windows XP Professional, Microsoft has delivered this same functionality to the operating system—almost. Yes, as is the case with everything too good to be true, there is a catch to this as well.

Your ability to uninstall a Windows XP Professional upgrade installation hinges on several requirements which must not change from the time of the upgrade to the time of uninstallation. These requirements are


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