Mistakenly installed Win XP Pro (new install) over Win 2000 Pro - Need to restore W2K boot/desktop
Posted on 2005-04-22
The other day I mistakenly missed the step in Win XP Pro install that asked whether Upgrade or New install. When I went forward with New Install, it gave me message: Cannot upgrade to Windows XP Pro from Windows 2000 Pro. It perfformed install regardless.
Now from my boot screen (boot.ini) showing Windows 2000 and Windows XP, I choose Windows 2000. It gets through first black screen, then puts up W2K logo screen w. blue bars progess at the bottom. I get to 6 blue bars and it freezes. W2K will not load desktop.
Is there any way that I can get my Win2000 desktop back, with all my installed applications, desktop, etc.
All files, and registry appear intact. My guess is that boot files were overwritten from what I've read in newsgroups. Cannot find workable solution on newsgroups.