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Installing Windows 2000 Professional on a Windows Vista Home Premium OEM machine (multi boot ) RRS feed

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  • I have a HP Pavilion Entertainment PC which came Windows Vista 32-bit OEM pre-installed, Home Premium. I want to keep the Windows Vista, but I also want to install Windows 2000 Professional on the same machine.

    1. If possible, I would like to do this without erasing the current Windows Vista installation.
    2. I am ready to prepare Recovery DVDs before I go ahead.
    3. There are no personal documents or files on the computer yet.
    4. The laptop has a single hard drive, with more than enough space for Windows Vista and much more.

    5. I have a DVD that came along with the laptop, which says, Windows Anytime Upgrade to Vista. It does not have any license key printed on it nor do I have a separate license key on paper.
    Apart from this DVD, I do not have any other separate Windows Vista Home Premium Installation DVD.

    6. If required, I am ready to use tools like EasyBCD mentioned in some discussions.

    What is the best way to go ahead with this ? I know the standard Microsoft instruction is to "first install earliest version and then the later versions", but in this case, I want to do the other way round.

    If required, I am ready to overwrite Windows Vista with Windows Professional and then install Windows Vista as multi-boot, but where would I install Windows Vista from ? Will the Windows Anytime Upgrade DVD be enough to re-install Vista as multi-boot on Windows 2000, after the I overwrite Windows Vista with Windows 2000 ? Will the recovery DVDs be helpful or enough in any way for the mutli-boot installation.
    Tuesday, September 2, 2008 6:29 PM

Answers

  • Sorry, but Windows 2000 is not compatible with your new HP PC.

     

    Wednesday, September 3, 2008 1:40 PM

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  • Sorry, but Windows 2000 is not compatible with your new HP PC.

     

    Wednesday, September 3, 2008 1:40 PM
  • Oh. Thanks for the pointer. Will check on that.
    Wednesday, September 3, 2008 7:04 PM