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upgrade win 2000 pro to win xp

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#1 gwlove


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Posted 03 January 2009 - 12:28 PM

Ok, here goes. :thumbsup: I bought a used Compaq Armada e500 laptop about 9 months ago. I know I screwed up now but I could not afford a new laptop and still can't. I am now finding out that this system is so old nothing supports it anymore. Some programs stop running and can't be reloaded like my Microsoft word program. I have two different word programs but they won't load. I want to upgrade from Windows 2000 Pro to Windows XP Pro. I have a Windows XP Pro, with service pack 1a included, reinstall disk that came with my daughters Dell laptop computer. Will this disk work on my computer? :huh: If so, how do I use it? If not, is there a web site that I can down load Windows XP for free or at the lowest price possible. I know this is asking a lot but it doesn't hurt to ask. I have always been told, if you don't ask you will never know. So I am asking for help with this.
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#2 garmanma


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Posted 04 January 2009 - 03:21 PM

that came with my daughters Dell laptop computer

That will not work
If all you are worried about is the various Office programs have a look at Open Office
It's free and compatible with Windows Office documents
When I upgraded an old Thinkpad from W2k to XP, I had to flash/upgrade the BIOS
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#3 funnytim


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Posted 07 January 2009 - 12:35 AM

If not, is there a web site that I can down load Windows XP for free

Sorry, but we at BC cannot and will not support illegal activities.

Also as stated by garmanma you will not be able to use your daughter's XP cd. If you really want XP on your system you will have to buy it. However I would make sure your laptop supports XP (eg. Ram requirements met, etc) before you do pull the trigger.

Usually you can find an alternative to software that may not work with Win 2K (such as Openoffice alternative above).

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