can i run windows 2000 instead of xp on my co

January 14, 2011 at 06:00:00
Specs: Windows xp pro sp3
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January 14, 2011 at 06:17:35
That depends on a few different things. Hardware wise an XP computer will be able to run 2000. You should be able to install all of your drivers (I would check the manufacturers website and just double check). You will need to activate (or have a key for) your windows 2000. The real answer is why would you want to go back to 2000? Your going to be putting your data at risk and make yourself much much less secure. Not suggested but definitely doable.

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January 14, 2011 at 06:20:45
Its my friends laptop and we are trying to get around having to purchase the recovery disks for it and i already have windows 2000

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January 14, 2011 at 06:41:11
I see now. Dont go back to 2000. The stick on the bottom of the laptop is proof that at one point you had a valid copy of XP. If you have a "good" computer (Which i assume you do what with being on the internet and all) Look on some torrent sites for a generic copy of XP and perform a clean install with the disk and your 25 digit product key. If this is too much of a pain you could always download the newest version of Ubuntu Linux (if you go down that road post in linux forum)

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January 14, 2011 at 07:37:07
Are you sure you need to buy recovery disks? What is the brand and full model of the laptop?

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January 14, 2011 at 07:59:38
The biggest drawback to using 2000 is Microsoft is no longer providing new Security and Critical updates for it.
There are some programs that require XP or up.

"....we are trying to get around having to purchase the recovery disks for it...."

If you can buy the Recovery disks, according to my experiences, they're much cheaper to buy including shipping than even just an OEM XP Home CD, the cheapest version of XP you can buy.

If you can't get them from the brand name's web site anymore because your model is an older one, there are a small number of web sites that have collected copies of the original Recovery CDs that will sell you a set for a similar price to what the brand name site would have charged.

"Are you sure you need to buy recovery disks? "

Some original brand name software installations already have all the data required to reload the contents of the C partition with it's original data on the second partition on the hard drive. However, that was much more common before computers came with XP on them.

"What is the brand and full model of the laptop?"

Your Microsoft Windows License allows you to use a Windows CD, or a copy of one, of the same version as that installed on the brand name computer, Home or Pro, along with the OEM Product Key that's on the official Microsoft label on the outside of the computer case, to install Windows. You can use a Windows CD you have, or someone else's CD , or a copy of someone else's CD, with that Product Key, as long as it's a regular Microsoft OEM XP CD that has "For distribution with a new PC only." printed on it. An XP Re-installation CD that came with a different brand name computer model will probably refuse to install Windows on your computer.

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January 14, 2011 at 08:10:26
it is a Compaq presario 2200 Windows XP sp3 2002 version

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January 14, 2011 at 08:16:47
If the original hard drive is still in place then you should be able to perform a factory restore.

There is a question concerning what version of Windows originally came on the computer. The factory restore will return the computer back to the same condition as when it came from Compaq. Look at the link below for instructions.

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