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Win XP to Win 2000?? Is there a way?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by dgr8dude, Feb 11, 2005.

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  1. dgr8dude

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    I recently bought a laptop with Win XP installed in it. It was previously pre-loaded with Win 2000, but it doesn't come with the original Win 2000 CD. Now, I want to re-install it back to Win 2000 since the XP O/S alone takes most of the space in the hard drive. Is it possible to re-intall Win 2000 without having to re-format the HD? I don't want to loose the drivers. I tried to load Win 2000, but since XP is a newer O/S version, it doesn't allow me to install Win 2000. Thanks.
     
  2. Techmonkeys

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    To the best of my knowledge this is not possible, you cannot downgrade your OS.

    There may be some way to hack it and get round it, but I would not recomend it as you really dont want to be starting off your install on the wrong foot.

    Best advice is to download all your drivers onto a CD then do a reinstall with windows 2000 and put the drivers back on.
     
  3. pianoman1948

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    I am here to tell you, it is possible to run into problems installing 2000 on a drive that has had XP *even if* you re-format the HD. For that matter, even if you completely zero out the HD (!!!). XP seems to be a little too smart. Save your drivers and your data too.

    You might want to keep tabs on this thread:

    http://www.windowsbbs.com/showthread.php?t=41066

    Ted
     
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