tricking me computer

By birdmanjon ·
I have an odd question... is there a way to make windows 2k look like xp to the programs, but not upgrade to or actually be xp or by running an emulator. (Like I just want to exchange system files,) but I am not sure witch ones or the easiest way to do this.

I ask because I strongly dislike the some of the changes Microsoft made. However, increasingly I find my programs no longer compatible with 2k, such as my new mp4 player & c&c3, among others. I have a copy of xp home... (That is one of the reasons I dislike it so much, memory hog, lacking some functions I Use often, and I am just happier with 2k other than I?m losing compatibility)

As a side note I have been trying to learn lynx for a little while, but I am reluctant to put it on my good computer just yet, witch means I can?t play my newest games (although I can?t anyway unless I can trick my computer)

Any advice would be most appreciated, and thanks in advance.

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How is Win2k supposed to act like XP? XP came afterwards! Hello McFly :^0

by ManiacMan In reply to tricking me computer

XP can run applications in older legacy versions of Windows using compatibility mode, but what's you're trying to do with Win2k is ifs ands or buts.

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I realize this.

by birdmanjon In reply to How is Win2k supposed to ...

That does not mean it can?t be done? surely, someone knows how.
I would like to know what the consequences might be if I swapped some of the .dll ?s.

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re consequenses....

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to I realize this.

the system will fail to boot and you'll need to wipe the drive and reinstall the OS.

Like ManiacMan said, what you are asking is impossible. If you want the look and feel of XP, then install XP. Otherwise, you're stuck with what you have. It is what it is.

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I dont want the look or feel

by birdmanjon In reply to re consequenses....

I whant the OS to think that its xp, and report that its xp to the software with out using xp

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If you realize it, then

by The Scummy One In reply to I realize this.

why continue? You say you have a copy of XP, but dont want to install it.
Ok, then dont buy SW and HW that requires it!!!
get another system and build it with XP and you can have both
run a virtual machine and have XP on that!
get a HDD bay, make it your primary, get 2 trays for it, ave a HDD for XP and a hdd for 2k

there are solutions

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more info

by birdmanjon In reply to tricking me computer

I am getting an error message:

"The procedure entry point GetVolumePathNamesForVolumeNameW could not be located in the dynamic link library KERNEL32.dll." and I beleve it is because the soft ware was ment for xp, witch I wont run... and I just wasted god money on it.

oh, and I ment my not me...

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When you purchase SW

by The Scummy One In reply to more info

you should always look at system requirements. ManiacMan is right, you cannot do what you are trying to do.

Many files for the OS are stamped with what OS, and SP version it is compatible with. This is to keep the system stable (more or less). changing dll's will only result in a loss of stability, or a complete OS failure.

Maybe you should spend some time looking at the SW requirements (or HW requirements if you want to attach it to your comp)...

Just a thought.

McFly -- LOL -- ManiacMan, you are a funny guy!!!

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You have a valid point

by birdmanjon In reply to When you purchase SW

My computer exceeds the min specs for the software... and for a while there was a long strech were if the box says its compatible with xp then it was compatible with 2k... And in the case of the mp4 player it did not specify an os other than "windows or mac", no verision was specifed, untill I got it home and put in the cd, "you must be running xp home or better to install this software"... something like that. At first I thought this might just be for the videos, but no, you cant even use it as a flash drive without the software installed.

Any way thanks for taking the time to read my post.

So I am looking for a way around upgrading...
any suggestions?

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re: long stretch

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to You have a valid point

and for a while there was a long strech were if the box says its compatible with xp then it was compatible with 2k

You have this backwards. When XP was first new, software DESIGNED for older operating systems such as 98/2K would publish the fact that it was "compatible" with XP, meaning it might actually run on XP. Then, software vendors started making their software "designed" for XP and SOMETIMES it would be backwards compatible with Win2K, but not always. But, just because it was compatible with XP didn't mean it would work on 2K. The software had to specifically state that it would run on 2K vs 98SE. Many did not.

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I finished watching an old rerun of Back to the Future Part 2

by ManiacMan In reply to When you purchase SW

"Hello....McFly", as stated by Biff while knocking on the head of McFly senior.

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