install windows 2000 over windows 7

February 19, 2011 at 12:20:23
Specs: Windows Vista
I need to install windows 2000 over windows 7 thats currently on the computer. Windows won't "allow" me to do this. Error message: This CD-ROM is from an older version of Windows than the obe you are presently using. Setup functionality from this disk will be disabled". Anyone know of a way around this?? I'm not using a CD, I have the system on flashdrive

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February 19, 2011 at 12:22:57
You can't install it "over" Win7, you will have to completely wipe the hard drive & start from scratch. Why do you need Win2000?

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February 19, 2011 at 13:30:41
mickliq has asked a question that needs to considered very carefully. Whatever issues you are having there is almost always a better solution that replacing Windows 7 with Windows 2000.

Installing Windows 2000 on newer hardware poses a number of technical problems. Not the least of these will be, "are all needed drivers available?" You cannot expect that the Windows 2000 install media will have drivers for hardware that did not exist when it was produced.

But first, why do you need to install Windows 2000 at all?

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February 19, 2011 at 14:14:30
Run Windows 2000 in a Virtual PC:

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February 19, 2011 at 14:22:23
I will be working with old xerox software for pre-press set-ups and windows 7 won't work. I need to work in windows 2000. How do I wipe the hard drive?

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February 19, 2011 at 15:38:49
Don't bother. Use a virtual machine.

"The era of big government is over," said Clinton 1996

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February 19, 2011 at 15:48:50
At this point, I don't care. If that's what you want to do, go ahead & do it. But don't say you weren't warned. You may want to consider adding a 2nd HDD & creating a dual boot, or removing the Win7 drive altogether & replacing it with another drive for 2000. That way you won't have to go thru the Win7 reinstall process if things don't go well with 2000.

Make sure the boot order in the BIOS is configured correctly. The CD/DVD drive MUST be listed before the hard drive in the boot order. Since you stated your system currently has Win7 on it, I suspect it's a newer system with a SATA hard drive. SATA drives didn't go mainstream until after Win2000 & WinXP were released, so to be able to install either of them, you will have to jump thru a few hoops. I wrote a "how-to" for XP, the same instructions apply for Win2000. But before you do anything, you should download all the necessary drivers for 2000 in advance & either put them on a USB thumbdrive or CD. You will need drivers for the chipset, video, sound, network, plus the SATA/RAID driver.

Here's the how-to:

How-to Install Windows XP to SATA Hard Drive

EDIT: if you have an IDE hard drive, the above how-to is unnecessary. Just boot off the 2000 CD, watch for the prompt to "Press any key to boot from CD", press a key then follow the instructions.

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