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windows 2000 server installation


I have a machine with Windows XP Professional OS. I would like to change to Windows 2000 server OS instead. But when I put 2000 server CD into the cd-drive, I got an error message saying something like
  "You cant install 2000 server since you have a later version of windows OS which is XP".

The installation button is unclickable, only exit button is available.

Any idea what is the best thing to do now? Should I format my harddisk? Or you have a better and smarter way?

Thank you
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FDISK Fixes Everything.

Yes, there really is no way to go from XP to 2K server gracefully short of a wipe and rebuild.  You might wait a little while and go to 2K+3 instead.  That would be upgradable, but if you are going from workstation to a server OS you are better off with the clean disk install anyway.


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1) make sure u have all the drivers for 2K for each devices or hardware.

2) back up the data to CD or another partition

3) (I don't think u need to do FDisk unless you wanna change the partition size, even if u did, u will still need to format the c:) format the c: if you do not want to keep anything.

4) and setup the w2k server

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mafendeeAuthor Commented:

I am not very sure if I have all the drivers for 2K Server.
Do you know how can I find this out? Could it be a list written somewhere?

Thank You
mafendeeAuthor Commented:

I am not very sure if I have all the drivers for 2K Server.
Do you know how can I find this out? Could it be a list written somewhere?

Thank You
All you need to do is boot to the installation CD - don't try and install from within Windows XP.
Make sure the boot order in the computer's BIOS is set to boot from CD first.  If that doesn't work, use the makeboot.exe file located on the Windows 2000 CD to create bootable disks to boot from (make sure you change the boot order in the BIOS to boot from floppy first!)

Delete/create/format your partition(s) within Windows 2000's disk manager software and install Windows 2000.

Just make sure you have all the drivers for the hardware in the machine (being XP, all the drivers should be available from the web!!)
if ur hardware are not too new, the windows 2000 CD should be good enough to install all the drivers.

However, after u installed win2K, u can always do a windows update to check the latest drivers for ur machine.

If you wanna find all the drivers in advance...

1) find and check what kinds of brand, model number and what company's products for all your hardware

2) go to the company's website... and look for support area, and download/drivers..

3) if you bought branded computer like DELL, Gateway, IBM, etc., go on the support website, and find your computer model number and look for the drivers

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