Installing without losing everything on hard disk.

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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
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  1. 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
  2. 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***
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