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dual boot with windows 2000

by jackt70 / March 22, 2007 8:14 AM PDT

I have windows xp installed and want to install windows 2000.
I would like for them to dual boot. Is there anything out the ordinary?
Will there be an option for dual booting?

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Should work
by jackson dougless / March 22, 2007 8:26 AM PDT

Both XP and 2000 use the same bootloader, so it SHOULD be minimal hassle provided you have a spare partition or drive to install 2000 on.

Not sure why you would want to do such a thing though. XP is basically 2000 with some additional security patches. At their core, they're virtually identical.

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by jackt70 / March 22, 2007 10:17 AM PDT
In reply to: Should work

Thank I want to install 2000 so i can keep my skills fresh
on what is where in 2000,
I know they are very similar,

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Even still
by jackson dougless / March 22, 2007 10:37 AM PDT
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Windows 2000 is being phased out. Yes, many companies may have Windows 2000 systems around for years to come, but that number is going to dwindle over time. And with just a little effort, XP can be made to look and act almost exactly like Windows 2000. You just disable the XP themes, and set the Start menu to classic mode, and you're about 90% done. The rest is just setting certain folders, like the Control Panel, to the "classic" view, rather than the annoying as all that is unholy "new" version and a few other small things. It's not like the differences between Win9x/Me and 2000/XP, which could be pretty substantial at all levels.

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I test on Windows 2000 because..
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 22, 2007 11:27 AM PDT

My software base is in the business sector where it's about 50/50 with Windows 2000 and XP Pro. There it's not a matter of choosing the latest OS but that it just works. So with that out of the way I find it's easy to dual boot 2000/xp but without extra tools I find it best to install 2000 then XP. This way the boot manager works just fine.

Bob

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Come to think of it
by jackson dougless / March 22, 2007 12:34 PM PDT

Didn't Microsoft release VirtualPC as freeware recently? Working on that assumption, you could just install Windows 2000 inside a virtual machine and save yourself the hassle of dealing with the boot manager period.

Unless you absolutely need the full, non-emulated, speed... This just saves you time and effort. You can start it up any time you need to verify something, shut it down when you're done, and not disrupt anything else you might be doing.

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Installing Win2K
by colbox98 / March 23, 2007 1:21 AM PDT

If you are going to install Win2K after you already have a Win XP install, you will want to make a copy of your ntldr file and put it on a floppy or somewhere first. When you install Win2k over XP it usually overwrites this file and causes problems at boot. So after you are done you can replace this file, and it should work fine.

I can't remember the exact problem that happens, as it's been a few years since I have had to use Win2k in a dual boot. It seems like you can only boot into Win2k after the install, until you replace that file. The file will be located on the root of C: and you will have to enable "show protected system files" in your folder options.

It's easier to just install Win2k first and then XP or as another post recommended you could try Virtual PC or something.

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