windows 2000 start up disk

Dell / D300xt laptop
January 11, 2009 at 03:59:41
Specs: Windows XP, 128mb
Is there a way to download a free version of the windows 2000 startup disk and then burn to cd to run windows on this laptop and also is there any other procedures needed other than just putting the disk in. I have never done this before.

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#1
January 11, 2009 at 04:54:46
mmm... Not withstanding this is the XP forum...

As far as I know (and it ain't that much...) the W2K boot/startup disks only appeared as 4 floppies; and never as single cd version?

There are assorted boot cds around that will allow you to boot into a W2K system (and most other windows variants too).

But what are you hoping to do, to achieve?

If to install W2K then usually the CD is bootable; and thus no need of boot/startup floppies?


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#2
January 11, 2009 at 06:52:07
Startup disks are not OS disks. Regardless of whether or not you have a boot floppy, you'd still need to buy the OS installation CD. eBay is a good place to start.

Is your intent to install 2000 and completely remove XP? If so, you'd need to check the Dell Support site (enter your ST) and make sure the 2K drivers are available for your system.

AND, you can't install Windows 2000 as a dual boot when you already have XP. You'd have to install 2000, completely formatting the OS partition (losing all data), then install XP as the dual boot option.

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#3
January 11, 2009 at 07:40:32
My read on this is that the OP HAS Win2000 but the CD isn't booting and they think they need boot disks.

janicer1

If you do have a Win2000 CD and your computer isn't booting to that disk you may need to change the boot order in the BIOS (setup). Another possibility is that the computer is picking up on the Win2000 CD but you are not tapping any key (spacebar) when prompted on the screen. Failure to hit any key when prompted will result in the computer skipping over the CD and going directly to the hard drive.


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#4
January 11, 2009 at 09:28:32
True, OTH. Perhaps the OP will come back here and clarify exactly what exactly is the situation.

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#5
January 11, 2009 at 09:58:50
"Is there a way to download a free version of the windows 2000 startup disk and then burn to cd to run windows on this laptop"

As the others have said, startup discs are useless without the OS disc & if you have an OS disc, you usually don't need startup discs.

As for where you can download an OS such as Win2K for free, we're not allowed to discuss that...it's a violation of forum rules, not to mention "illegal". However, this should put you on the right track:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BitTor...


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