Windows XP Reformat to Windows 2000 Upgrade without XP CD

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Hi...I apologize if this question has been answered previously.

I am currently running XP Home and wish to reformat the hard drive and install Windows 2000. Unfortunately I don't have a XP Setup Disc...is there anyway to reformat the drive without the XP Disc? I thought about installing Windows 2000 and booting to it and reformatting from there, but it tells me the version of 2000 I have is older than the version of XP I'm running and it disables the 2000 setup! AAAAAARRRRGGGGHHH!

Any thoughts or ideas would be most welcome!
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yea ,but check this out. It's been awhile since i've been around W2K,
so do this ,stick the disk in and when it gets to the point were it asks
what kind of install do you want to (Up-Grade ,,or NEW) I think if you click on that dropdown bar and select NEW ,it will take.And then you can reformat it during the installation, try that first ,cause you have 2 install methods.




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I think what you are doing is trying to run the Win2K install from Windows and you can't do that. That's why you get the error you are getting.

You need to make sure your CD Rom is the first boot device in CMOS setup and simply stick in the Win2K Install CD and reboot. Follow the options and choose the selection to reformat the C Drive to NTFS. From there follow the standard install instructions.

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