Can I go from Win 2000 Server to Win NT 4.0 server

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We have 2 testing machines here in the office.
Q:  Do you know if we can go from a Windows 2000 server machine and replace it's OS with Win NT 4 Service pack 6a?

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My colleague got an error trying to boot with the NT 4.0 CD

     1 SYSTEM PROCESSOR 384 MB MEMORY MULTIPROCESSOR KERNEL
     ***STOP: 0x0000007B ..... INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE
     CPUID: GenuineIntel 5.8.1  irql:0 SYSVER 0xf00000565
     DLL Base DateStmp - Name
     ....               ...
     Address dword dump Build [1381]   - Name
     ....     .                    ....
     Restart and set the recovery options in the system control panel or the /CRASHDEBUG system start option. If this      message reappears contact your system administrator.

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You won't be able to do this because NT can't see a Win2000 NTFS parition until it is service packed with 6a. You will need to repartition and formaat the drive to install NT.

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How do I re-partitioin the drive? thank you
If your NT CD is bootable, boot off it, otherwise boot from NT boot floppies. You will be presented with an option of where to install NT. At this point you have the option to delete the current partions and create new ones.
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How do I re-partitioin the drive? thank you

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It's not booting off the CD right now.  
The message is a result of trying to boot of the CD
    1 SYSTEM PROCESSOR 384 MB MEMORY MULTIPROCESSOR KERNEL
    ***STOP: 0x0000007B ..... INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE
    CPUID: GenuineIntel 5.8.1  irql:0 SYSVER 0xf00000565
    DLL Base DateStmp - Name
    ....               ...
    Address dword dump Build [1381]   - Name

Thank you much for any input.
Try creating boot floppies and use those.

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Can I just go to the W2K C:\drive and right click & format the testing machine that way. then try to run the NT 4.0 CD?

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Can I just go to the W2K C:\drive and right click & format the testing machine that way. then try to run the NT 4.0 CD?
No, you can't format from inside W2K. I've seen this problem before booting off the CD. Sometimes the mass storage device isn't detected properly. The solution is to use floppies.

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Can I just go to the W2K C:\drive and right click & format the testing machine that way. then try to run the NT 4.0 CD?
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Win NT4 will need a FAT16 partition to install from scratch. If the win2k NTFS is not recognizable from NT, you need to wipe the drive (using DOS fdisk or delpart) and then create a primary DOS partition. This needs to be in the FAT16 system, so it maxes out at 2GB. YOu will get the opportunity to convert to NTFS during install. The rest of the hard drive can be partitioned etc from within NT4, preferrably after the sp6 has been installed.

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Use a win98 boot disk to delete the partitions.

Call fdisk at the A: prompt.

Do Not Enable Large Disk Support.

Delete partition/s.

Create one primary 2GB partition. Then boot from the CD.

You can also boot to the CD after deleting the partitions.

MWK11
You do not have to partition the drive before you start the install. The installer will give you the opportunity to partition the drive. By using the installer, your system drive can be 4GB.

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Reconfigure your Bios to load the CD/a:/c:.  Hit f8 and NT should give you the option once it see's a previous OS has been installed.  Good luck.

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Reconfigure your Bios to load the CD/a:/c:.  Hit f8 and NT should give you the option once it see's a previous OS has been installed.  Good luck.

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look on your nt cd, there should be a folder called makeboot...i believe you'll need 4 floppy disks, instructions are straight forward.  Boot from the floppies. Setup and instalation from this point is pretty much straight forward

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