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February 2, 2005 6:30:07 PM

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Hi,

Can I install a new copy of Win 2000 Pro over my current OS of Win 2000
Server, so that I have a completely clean Win 2000 Pro OS -- I no longer
want 2000 Server -- but without losing all my user files that's on the
hard disk?

Obviously I know all my software will need to be reinstalled, etc. I'm
just hoping that I can just leave all my docs, work, mp3s, etc on the hard
disk without losing it all. --Everything essential is backed-up but
there's a lot of non-essential stuff that I'd like to be still there but
would take eons to backup. (None of it's stored in 'Documents and
Settings' so that being overwritten is not a problem.)

If so how do I do this? Any special process needed?

Thanks,

MS
Anonymous
February 2, 2005 6:30:08 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

You can not install Win 2k pro "over" Win 2k server.

Format and reinstall.

hth
DDS W 2k MVP MCSE

"MS" <matthews@mailsnare.---nojunktakeout---.net> wrote in message
news:%23op2XwTCFHA.3908@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
> Hi,
>
> Can I install a new copy of Win 2000 Pro over my current OS of Win 2000
> Server, so that I have a completely clean Win 2000 Pro OS -- I no longer
> want 2000 Server -- but without losing all my user files that's on the
> hard disk?
>
> Obviously I know all my software will need to be reinstalled, etc. I'm
> just hoping that I can just leave all my docs, work, mp3s, etc on the hard
> disk without losing it all. --Everything essential is backed-up but
> there's a lot of non-essential stuff that I'd like to be still there but
> would take eons to backup. (None of it's stored in 'Documents and
> Settings' so that being overwritten is not a problem.)
>
> If so how do I do this? Any special process needed?
>
> Thanks,
>
> MS
February 2, 2005 9:20:48 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

"MS" <matthews@mailsnare.---nojunktakeout---.net> wrote in message
news:%23op2XwTCFHA.3908@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
> Hi,
>
> Can I install a new copy of Win 2000 Pro over my current OS of Win 2000
> Server, so that I have a completely clean Win 2000 Pro OS -- I no longer
> want 2000 Server -- but without losing all my user files that's on the
> hard disk?
>
> Obviously I know all my software will need to be reinstalled, etc. I'm
> just hoping that I can just leave all my docs, work, mp3s, etc on the hard
> disk without losing it all. --Everything essential is backed-up but
> there's a lot of non-essential stuff that I'd like to be still there but
> would take eons to backup. (None of it's stored in 'Documents and
> Settings' so that being overwritten is not a problem.)


put the drive in another NT/XP machine
and delete all the stuff you don't want
& keep all your data in a folder or two...
then put the drive back
and do a clean install of win2k
***be sure NOT to format, but leave the file system intact***
Anonymous
February 3, 2005 3:28:17 AM

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