If you are using a floppy disk to install and it wants to format the disk that means it can not read it and is assuming that it is new and needs formatting. It is possible that the duplicating machine wrote a disk with track that are too wide for the floppy that you have. Go to another system and see if it exhibits the same error. It is possible the floppy is corrupt, if it is ok make a copy of the software on the working computer and try teh copy on the offending unit.
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boot disks allow you to by-pass damaged Windows 2000 operating system
files to get your computer up and running in a solid, stable
configuration. You simply tell the computer to access the Windows 2000
codes necessary for start-up from your floppy disk drive rather than
the hard drive. Creating the set of four boot disks is specific to this
version of the operating system
the Windows 2000 Professional CD into your computer's CD-ROM drive.
Insert a formatted, blank diskette into the floppy disk drive. Have
three additional formatted, blank diskettes standing by.
"Start" at the bottom left corner of your computer screen to open the
start-up menu. This lists the start-up actions available for Windows
2000. Select "Run." The program then asks you to designate the drive,
program, folder or file you want to open by either typing the
destination or clicking "Browse," to select the destination from the
Windows 2000 directory.
Click the "Browse" button at the bottom of the pop-up window. The PC's hard drive directory window appears.
the computer's hard drive directory and select the CD-ROM drive to
designate it as the destination you want to open. Click "OK" to open
the CD-Rom drive. The folders and files saved on the Windows 2000 CD
now appear in the directory format.
Select the "Bootdisk" folder. A directory of files appears.
the program file "Makeboot.exe," then click "OK" to launch the Windows
2000 boot disk maker program. The program checks that you have a
formatted diskette in the floppy disk drive and then begins to make the
your screen as the process of making the boot disk progresses. The boot
disk for Windows 2000 requires four diskettes. The program cues you to
remove the first diskette and insert the second, and so on until all
four diskettes are created and the boot disk making process is finished.
You can do a full installation, just make sure you set it so it leaves the filesystem intact (no format) so the windows will get reinstalled but all your files are still stored in the computer. I have done that many times on my own computer.
Usually, if the game is preinstalled or meaning already installed in your computer when you bought it, all you have to do is to go to your computer's recovery menu and then reinstall the game. But if you have had purchased a retail version of it, you should see it on the cd case. Last option, try to contact where you bought the game and ask for the code.
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When you installed windows 2000, (If you formatted the entire drive during install), you might have taken out the small partition that holds data for a system restore. No version of windows likes
you going backwards. In order for you're system restore CD's to work you'll need to format the hard disk drive. Windows will not install if Windows 2000 is found on the drive. The fastest way to get Windows 2000 off the drive without deleting any other partitions Compaq installed would be to go to the hard disk drives manufacture's site & download their setup tools/utilities. You'll be able to creat a bootable floppy disk that will function in a dos-like mode out side of windows. You'll be able to format the Windows 2000 partition. Once that is done you will be able to incert the restore CD (s) & install Compaqs windows XP.
You may need to pull the drive in order to see who made the drive. EX; Seagate, Smsung, Maxtor ect. Here is the link for Seagate. http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/seatools Every manufacture has similar bootable floppy software. Read the instruction provided by the manufacture on how to create the floppy disk & how to run it.