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SP4 for Windows 2000

by rmcarl / December 3, 2008 10:07 PM PST

A friend thinking she had Windows 2000 on her computer, asked me to download SP4 for her to a CD. She installed it on her computer that has Windows ME as the operating system. Would this cause problems to her computer?

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Re: SP4
by Kees Bakker / December 3, 2008 10:22 PM PST
In reply to: SP4 for Windows 2000

I don't expect this to install. There should be some basic checking to see if the target machine has Windows 2000 SP3 or lower.

If it would install nonetheless, I expect a big mess.


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by rmcarl / December 3, 2008 11:23 PM PST
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If it did install, how would it be uninstalled?

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It wouldn't
by Jimmy Greystone / December 4, 2008 12:46 AM PST
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It wouldn't install, end of story. If it did, in some alternate reality, she would have a non-booting system and you'd have to format it and start over.

WinMe and Win2000 are two completely different operating systems, and I mean on the order of two completely different lineages. WinMe is the last of the DOS line, while Windows2000 is part of the NT line that was either written completely from scratch or based on some early OS/2 code depending on who you want to ask. Either way, it's completely different from WinMe under the hood and a service pack for Win2K would obliterate a WinMe install if you somehow managed to make it happen. There would be no going back short of a complete reinstall.

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Thanks Kees and Jimmy!
by rmcarl / December 4, 2008 3:34 AM PST
In reply to: It wouldn't

Happy to hear that!

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