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On my pc running win xp pack2 i want to install win 2000 pro. how can i do it? please suggest me.

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You can either run a dual-boot system where you can boot into XP and Pro when you start your computer, or reformat and install 2k.

If you want to dual-boot you would need a blank partition on which to install it. Unfortunately if you do not already have more than one partition on your current drive, it would be difficult to split a single partition drive into adding another partition unless you are familiar with the tools required to perform such an operation.

However, if you only need to install 2k without having access to XP, all you need to do is insert the Win 2k disk and follow the installation wizard. When it comes to selecting where to install, it should show a partition containing winXP, which you can then install 2K to. Remember, all files on your XP install, including the operating system itself, will be removed. You would lose everything on that partition. If it is a single partition drive, anything on the drive is removed. You should back up any files you want to save by either transfering them to a different drive if you have one, or burning them to CDs/DVDs.

Select the partition you want to install to (if it's a single partition disk, there will only be one listed. If there are more partitions, you can select a different partition to install to which would allow you to keep XP), and I would recommend selecting reformatting the partition to NTFS.

Once it is done reformatting and copying files, it will ask to restart. Restart the computer, but do not press any keys upon startup when it pauses to ask to boot from CD. Wait until the 2K graphical installer loads from the disk, and then you can follow the setup wizard for 2K.

If you have any questions or problems, please add a new post stating them, and I will try to answer.

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

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    Dshack Dec 15, 2008

    I forgot one step - you need to insert the 2K install disk, then restart the computer, and press Enter when it pauses to ask to boot from the CD.

    If there is no prompt to boot from the CD, the bios would need to be changed to allow booting from the CD drive.

    Please reply back if you have this problem.


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