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Remove XP & Install W2K

M Suguna
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I have Windows XP installed on my laptop and I'm planning to uninstall XP & install Windows 2000 instead.
When I try to boot my laptop with the W2K installation CD, I get the following message


I'm pretty sure that the CD is bootable (I tried it in my friend's PC and it could boot - his PC had W2K installed). There is no problem with my CD drive either, because I'm able to boot with Windows XP CD & with Knoppix CD.

My assumption is that, you can't boot with a disk which has a lower version of Windows than the one which is currently installed. Is my assumption correct?

If that is the case, how can I remove XP & install W2K?

To make things worse, I cannot use both floppy drive & CD drive in my laptop simultaneously. I have to plug one drive out to use the other.

Please help.


Who says nothing is impossible? I've been doing nothing for years
Jesus Angeles
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that assumption may be incorrect. when booting, it is your boot cd/disk that is the first thing that the hardware will talk to. it hasnt even talked to the os installed in the hdisk.
M Suguna
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Makes sense.
So, how can I overcome this problem?
Jesus Angeles
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just wondering, are you sure, the cd booted up your friend's pc? you sure his pc is setup to boot on cd first?
M Suguna
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Yes & Yes.
Jesus Angeles
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one of last options you can do is, copy the entire installation cd onto the hdisk. boot up using diskette, and install from hdisk.
Jesus Angeles
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btw usually laptops are accompanied by a diskette that will assist you in installing an os(from cd).
 
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