I can't install MS Windows 2000 to my Dell Latitude laptop

Roger Gaines
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I Roger was Installing MS Windows 2000 to my Dell Latitude Laptop. Before the system could restart the installation stopped and showed a error and said call MS windows. The error message is written below.

Error (0x4, 0, 0, 0) ..setup can't start up windows 2000 after installation. I tried to install it again but got the same error message. My Windows 2000 is on a CD copy. I have Windows 98SE on the Dell laptop. Please help me.

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DevAdminSystem Engineer | .NET Developer | Microsoft MVP | Technical Speaker

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Why you do not install Windows 2000 in a virtual machine?

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I want to know why I can't install windows 2000 on the Dell laptop
DevAdminSystem Engineer | .NET Developer | Microsoft MVP | Technical Speaker

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Probably because you must specify a storage driver during install...
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/drivers/install/installing-a-boot-start-driver
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dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.

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Could be a number of items.

See this thread  https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/20468059/Error-0x4-0-0-0-setup-can't-start-up-windows-after-installation.html  for some possibles.

Note that the model of laptop could be useful information as well.
DevAdminSystem Engineer | .NET Developer | Microsoft MVP | Technical Speaker

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Look also this: https://www.itprotoday.com/compute-engines/jsi-tip-2680-error-code-0x4-0x1-0-0-during-windows-2000-setup

"This can be caused by faulty disk drives, or by having more than 1 drive with the same disk signature, or more than 1 RAW disk whose MBR has identical checksums."

Try the three solution suggest:

"1. If you only have 1 drive, check your BIOS, cabling, termination, jumpers, etc...

2. If the drive was never formated, low-level format it. Then fdisk it to create a partition. During setup, delete and recreate the partition to the size you wish.

3. If you have multiple drives, remove all but the boot and system drive. Connect them after setup."
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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If the laptop is running Windows 98, it simply may not be capable (BIOS and CPU) of running Windows 2000 which came after Windows NT4 which came after Windows 98.
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software Engineer

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a) "Latitude" covers about half the Dell laptops ever made, from Pentium 300s up to i7s.  Please tell us the specific model of this laptop, and the amount of memory installed, and the size of the system drive.

b) Windows 2000 was incapable of handling "big" disks.  "Big" in those days was bigger than 128 GB.  A patch was released for this later on, but despite Microsoft insisting that the patch was installed automatically during Update, ... it was not.  To install W2K on a drive bigger than 128 GB, you must do a manual install and specify a system partition smaller than 128GB, then reboot, then install all the Updates, then reboot, and finally apply the 137GB patch to the Registry and reboot again.  The remainder of the drive above 128GB will then be partitionable.

http://www.kuhnline.com/how-to-install-a-large-hard-drive-137gb-on-windows-2000/

If this patch is not applied and the host drive is larger than 137GB, then Windows will wrap addresses and overwrite the drive.  I can attest to this; I lost 500 GB of data on a 750 GB drive once.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Windows 2000 (after Windows 98) can handle the same size of disk as Windows 98 (although neither are large)
Robert RComputer Service Technician

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time to scrap the old laptop.
I remember those days of Windows not being able to use all the space, WD had a utility called Big Drive Enabeler, it gave you the support in windows 2000 to see drives bigger that 128/137 gigs.

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