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windows 2000 and XP pro on aan old laptop

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I have an ancient (in this techie world) Compaq 366/160 RAM/4.3 gig laptop from mid-1999...

Will I be able to install Windows 2000 Professional or Windows XP Business on this machine?

I have heard mixed reviews about anything other than 95/98 on laptops due to device driver issues...the desktops seem to get the attention of driver developers at Microsoft and other vendors (but perhaps rightly so).

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You should be able to.  Both OS are pretty good about hardware compatability.  You have enough drive space and RAM.  Don't expect XP to be fast though.
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thanks for the answer

i heard about Windows 2000 not working well with Compaq  (pre-1200 series)  laptop 56 k v. 90 modems but maybe it's just a rumor

i want to study Windows 2000 and XP for my next two MCP exams since i do desktop repair and, at most, network client repair for homes and very small businesses

i am not too concerned about XP running slow on my laptop

when blackthorne (replacement for XP) comes out in 2002 or 2003, i sure hope to have a new laptop by then with RAM capability at 320 MB RAM at the very least and have a mobile P III or Athlon 4 instead of the slow AMD K6-II I am working with now
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