Solved How to change Win 2000 server to XP Prof

August 29, 2011 at 06:47:20
Specs: Windows XP
We have an old IBM server we want to use. It has the required memory and speed to operate XP. However, when I try to load the XP CD I am told that windows 2000 server is incompatible with XP in the set-up process. Can you advise what I do next? If I have to uninstall windows 2000 server first, how do I do that? Thanks. Trisha

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August 29, 2011 at 06:58:27
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When you boot from the Windows XP CD, delete the partition that contains Windows 2000 server. Recreate the partition and continue with the installation.

It looks like you are attempting an upgrade from Windows 2000 server to Windows XP which is not possible.

If you are using an upgrade CD then you need a qualifying OS and that means Windows NT, Windows 98 SE, Windows ME or Windows 2000 Desktop Professional, but not Windows 2000 Server.


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August 29, 2011 at 08:52:09
I doubt there is any advantage to change from Win2000 to XP. I wouldn't waste my time on that. W2K server was a much better product for a server than xp would be.

I'd get a new server with a newer server OS before I tried the xp disk. Too many security holes still in xp.

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August 29, 2011 at 09:31:58
W2K server was a much better product for a server than xp would be.

That is because Windows XP was never designed to be a Server OS. It is a client OS that connects to a server or a standalone OS in a peer to peer network.

The server OS comparable with Windows XP is Windows Server 2003.

All this assumes that the OP wants a server OS. If there is no requirement for a Server OS, and the OPs post suggests that, then Windows XP is a good choice.


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August 29, 2011 at 10:40:17
Thank you very much for the responses I have had. We no longer need to use this machine as a server. We simply wanted to use it as stand alone machine which we could leave on while running some desktop mailing software for opt-ins to a webform on our website. The problem with windows 2000 is that we can't get an antivirus software to work with it, which is the reason for wanting to upgrade to XP.

In the installation I have attempted from the CD drive it only seems to be giving me the option to load XP onto the existing 2000 OS which I believe can cause some problems. Do you know how I would delete the partition and / or delete win 2000 so there is only 1 operating system on the system? Many thanks. Trisha

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August 29, 2011 at 10:55:03
What kinf of Windows XP CD are you using, OEM, Retail, Upgrade or Full version.

When you boot from the CD and the CD has identified the existing installation there should be and option to delete the existing partition or at least format it. Highlight the partition and look at the options on the bottom of the screen..

If it is an OEM version you may not get this Option in which case it probably wont work anyway.


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September 1, 2011 at 10:57:18
Hi Stuart

Sorry for the delay in responding. I had to find out what version of XP I had. It turns out that it is a full version of XP on a volume licence.

When I am in the Bios it has picked up the version of XP from the CD drive and I am given the option of running either win 2000 or XP. I don't seem to be given an option to delete one and replace it with the other. To be safe I have selected 2000 to keep things the same, but unsure what to do next so I don't make a mess.


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