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By telecomms2004 ·
I am about to purchaes a second computer and want to install Windows 2000 instead of the pre-loaded Windows XP. I am supplied with a restore disk. Are there any potential problems I may encounter by performing the install after formatting the disk from the recovery disk?

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by hinrgman In reply to Installing Windows2000 in ...

I would format all partitions if there is more than one partition and I would not use any drive that has been exposed to XP in any way without formatting it.

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by JDaz In reply to Installing Windows2000 in ...

You have not specified the recovery disk is Windows XP or 2000.

I would have tried to boot the machine using Windows 2000 bootable disk and then delete the partions for all the drives. Then format the drives with Windows 2000 NTFS and install a clean Windows 2000.

You should make suer you have all the device drivers (for W2K) for all the devices connected to your machine. All the best ...

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by TheChas In reply to Installing Windows2000 in ...

If what you have is a restore disk for your other PC, and not an actual Windows 2000 install disk, you may not be able to install that version on different hardware.

All 'restore' disks are basically Ghost images of the 'original' configuration of the hard drive that the PC was shipped with.

They usually do NOT include the installable.
Many of these restore disks will not run on any hardware other than the 'range' of OEM systems that the disk was made for.

Even if you suceed in installing the image onto a new systems hard drive, you are apt to have problems because the hardware is different.
The system may not even boot with the image for a different machine installed.

You really need a W2K install CD.
Interestingly, W2K OEMCDs sell for around $15 more than XP Pro OEM versions.

I recommend that you discuss with the supplier of your new PC as to whether or not they can place W2K instead of XP on the system.

Alternately, many web-sellers of PC hardware will sell you an OEM version of W2K for around $150 with a 'hardware' purchase.
For some merchants, hardware includes mouse pads!

Chas

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