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Changing Os From 2k To Xp Home


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#1 babalou

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Posted 30 October 2006 - 06:50 PM

what do i need to change my OS from 2K to xp home?
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i've saved all the data from my harddrive already
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thanks for any help you can give me with this problem

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Posted 30 October 2006 - 07:54 PM

Well, It is a bit difficult to help you with out knowing anything about the computer you have, for all I know you might have an 80486 DX. Please give us some info and we will try to help you.

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Posted 30 October 2006 - 08:20 PM

Assuming that your computer and all its components will support Windows XP, you need a full installation version of XP Home with a unique 25 digit Windows key that has never been used on any other computer before - not an update version because you can not update Windows 2000 Pro, which is a business product, to XP Home version which is not.

You must then completely format your hard drive (or in any case the partition on which XP Home is being installed) and do a full, fresh installation of XP Home.

By the way, you will be loosing a lot of ability to control system security settings, have more than two user levels, and numerous other features found only in the Pro versions of which Windows 2000 is one.

You will also be loosing some degree of support from Microsoft because support for XP Home ends two years after the release of the Vista home product (now set for this coming January) while extended support for Windows 2000 Pro is supplied by Microsoft until June 30, 2010.

Edited by Enthusiast, 30 October 2006 - 08:26 PM.


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Posted 30 October 2006 - 08:24 PM

Well, It is a bit difficult to help you with out knowing anything about the computer you have, for all I know you might have an 80486 DX. Please give us some info and we will try to help you.

ThorXP, I am pretty certain babalou doesn't have a 486, as Windows 2000 requires a minimum of a Pentium 133. I think you could have asked a new visitor to BC in a kinder way, and without revealing your weakness in understanding the issue at hand.
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#5 babalou

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Posted 30 October 2006 - 08:33 PM

wow thanks for all your help!! i'm having problems with my OS after my son ran jv16pt and deleted some files? its acting crazy now and i can't find my 2K disc to restore but i found the xp disc, maybe i'll keep looking before i do anything.

i was asking as to the procedure needed to perform the task of installing XP

you guys are great!!!!!!!!

Edited by babalou, 30 October 2006 - 08:34 PM.


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Posted 30 October 2006 - 08:38 PM

babalou I would like to welcome you to Bleeping Computer.
Once you have the XP CD all you really need to do is boot the CD and follow the on screen instruction. Enthusiast's advice pretty much covers the top.
A personal note. I installed XP on a couple of my computers. I went back to W2k. I found it much lighter on resources and as secure. If you have less than 512Mb of RAM, I would recommend upgrading your memory to a minimum of 256Mb, 512Mb would be better.
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Posted 30 October 2006 - 08:43 PM

STOP!!!!

You cannot run the same copy of XP on two machines. When the second computer logs on to update XP, Microsoft will disable both copy's ability to update. You need a unquie COA (the 25 digit code that comes with Windows) which only comes with a retail or OEM version of XP. Don't use the copy that another computer has install.
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Posted 30 October 2006 - 11:40 PM

thanks again for the heads up!
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i wont install on the 2nd system
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will take me awhile but i guess i'm going to have to clean up things and find my 2K disc THANKS

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Posted 31 October 2006 - 07:25 AM

JV16 used to offer to make a backup before it made changes - did your son allow it to make the backup? If so, that should fix it.

If not, and you're satisfied with 2K - it'll be a whole lot cheaper to get another 2K disk than an XP disk if it comes to that.

Another "off the top of my head" suggestion - try installing all the 2K service packs (to include the last rollup). This may end up fixing the problem for you (and you shouldn't need the disk for it).
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