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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

    dgr8dude Thread Starter

    Feb 11, 2005
    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


    Feb 10, 2005
    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


    Jan 8, 2005
    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:


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