A problem in resetting windows

May 16, 2019 at 09:05:24
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium III/384mb
Here is my situation.

I recently got an old Compaq Deskpro from 2000 from a relative that was designed for Windows 2000. Upon starting it up, I realized that it had been upgraded to Windows XP. I tried the method of holding down F8 during start up to perform a factory reset and restore it to Windows 2000. However, The "Repair" option was not listed.

I would greatly appreciate advice, as I am new to this and have no idea about things like boot discs, please help.


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May 16, 2019 at 09:52:32
It's very possible the 2K Restore partition was deleted when XP was installed. If you're planning to use the computer for the internet, I wouldn't recommend running either of those Windows versions. Both are outdated, no longer supported, & a huge security risk. Basically just an accident waiting to happen. If you're NOT going to go online with the computer, it doesn't really matter which OS you run, so why not just stick with XP?

There are versions of Linux that are designed to run on older hardware, so if you ARE going to go on the internet, you might want to consider one of them instead. Probably your best bet would be Lubuntu.


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May 16, 2019 at 10:01:21
I'm not planning on using it for online purposes. I really just want Windows 2000 because that was what the PC was designed for. My main goal for this PC is older Games Like SimCity 2000, Theme Hospital, etc. I'll stick with XP if those games are compatible. I'll upgrade the components if necessary. Thanks for your help.

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May 16, 2019 at 13:17:40
The model number of your computer would be helpful, there were a lot of different Deskpros.

XP is generally superior to 2K, especially when it comes to gaming. 2K is/was more of a workstation/server OS for the business market; XP is an improved version of 2K that is/was more consumer friendly but still usable for the business market.

I'm curious how to plan to re-install 2K if you don't have the software? IMHO, if you have XP installed & it's working well, there's no point replacing it with an older OS that's not nearly as gaming friendly.

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May 16, 2019 at 13:30:03
I've decided to keep Windows XP, thanks for the help.


Perhaps you could help me with this?

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