RE: Downgrading XP to 2000



Lap
07-09-2005, 11:30 PM
If you downgrade to Windows 2000 Professional. How are you suppose to install
it with out the product key? Unless the OEM XP PRO key works with Win2K PRO?

"Monday" wrote:

> Please help. I have a system that came with XP. The standard OS on my network
> is Windows 2000.
> How do I remove the XP and install windows 2000 as the only OS on the system.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Monday

Yves Leclerc
07-09-2005, 11:30 PM
XP Keys (Home or Pro; OEM or Retail) do not work with Windows 2K. You need
to get a Win2K Pro key and media. Microsoft allows you to "downgrade" to
Windows 2000 Pro only if you have OEM XP Pro.


"Lap" <Lap@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:F48EDCDD-391C-4103-8846-EC733E1E0661@microsoft.com...
> If you downgrade to Windows 2000 Professional. How are you suppose to
> install
> it with out the product key? Unless the OEM XP PRO key works with Win2K
> PRO?
>
> "Monday" wrote:
>
>> Please help. I have a system that came with XP. The standard OS on my
>> network
>> is Windows 2000.
>> How do I remove the XP and install windows 2000 as the only OS on the
>> system.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Monday

Lap
07-09-2005, 11:30 PM
If the customer purchases XP PRO OEM off me and wants to downgrade to Windows
2000 Professional. But use what Win2K media/key? Any key? What are the
legalalities of this? Is there a "special" downgrade WIN2k key to use? This
obviously does not come with WiN XP OEM.

So if your are saying to buy the Win2k pro to get the media/key then that
really defeats the purpose of buying Win XP PRO and downgrade. I'm really
confused on the WIN2K media/key bit as its not available on hand. You only
have the XP PRO OEM. Lets assume I have the media cd. But what serial number
do I use?

"Yves Leclerc" wrote:

> XP Keys (Home or Pro; OEM or Retail) do not work with Windows 2K. You need
> to get a Win2K Pro key and media. Microsoft allows you to "downgrade" to
> Windows 2000 Pro only if you have OEM XP Pro.
>
>
> "Lap" <Lap@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:F48EDCDD-391C-4103-8846-EC733E1E0661@microsoft.com...
> > If you downgrade to Windows 2000 Professional. How are you suppose to
> > install
> > it with out the product key? Unless the OEM XP PRO key works with Win2K
> > PRO?
> >
> > "Monday" wrote:
> >
> >> Please help. I have a system that came with XP. The standard OS on my
> >> network
> >> is Windows 2000.
> >> How do I remove the XP and install windows 2000 as the only OS on the
> >> system.
> >>
> >> Thanks,
> >>
> >> Monday
>
>
>

Carey Frisch [MVP]
07-09-2005, 11:30 PM
Your customer would have to have a Microsoft OEM Windows 2000
installation CD, then he could use the OEM Windows XP Professional
Product Key. If the customer does not have a Microsoft OEM Windows
2000 installation CD, then he cannot install Windows 2000. He would
therefore have to purchase a copy of Windows 2000.

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"Lap" wrote:

| If the customer purchases XP PRO OEM off me and wants to downgrade to Windows
| 2000 Professional. But use what Win2K media/key? Any key? What are the
| legalalities of this? Is there a "special" downgrade WIN2k key to use? This
| obviously does not come with WiN XP OEM.
|
| So if your are saying to buy the Win2k pro to get the media/key then that
| really defeats the purpose of buying Win XP PRO and downgrade. I'm really
| confused on the WIN2K media/key bit as its not available on hand. You only
| have the XP PRO OEM. Lets assume I have the media cd. But what serial number
| do I use?



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Steve N.
07-09-2005, 11:30 PM
Carey Frisch [MVP] wrote:

> Your customer would have to have a Microsoft OEM Windows 2000
> installation CD, then he could use the OEM Windows XP Professional
> Product Key. If the customer does not have a Microsoft OEM Windows
> 2000 installation CD, then he cannot install Windows 2000. He would
> therefore have to purchase a copy of Windows 2000.
>

No he wouldn't. All he needs to do is obtain a Win2K CD and PID code and
it doesn't matter where he gets them and he certainly doesn't have to
BUY them; he's already entitled to the licensed use of Win2K under the
provisions XP Pro EULA.

Steve

T. Waters
07-09-2005, 11:31 PM
"Steve N." <me@here.now> wrote in message
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> Carey Frisch [MVP] wrote:
>
> > Your customer would have to have a Microsoft OEM Windows 2000
> > installation CD, then he could use the OEM Windows XP Professional
> > Product Key. If the customer does not have a Microsoft OEM Windows
> > 2000 installation CD, then he cannot install Windows 2000. He would
> > therefore have to purchase a copy of Windows 2000.
> >
>
> No he wouldn't. All he needs to do is obtain a Win2K CD and PID code and
> it doesn't matter where he gets them and he certainly doesn't have to
> BUY them; he's already entitled to the licensed use of Win2K under the
> provisions XP Pro EULA.
>
> Steve
>

T. Waters
07-09-2005, 11:31 PM
"Steve N." <me@here.now> wrote in message
news:ql3ie.2467$Ri4.748@newsread1.news.pas.earthlink.net...
> Carey Frisch [MVP] wrote:
>
> > Your customer would have to have a Microsoft OEM Windows 2000
> > installation CD, then he could use the OEM Windows XP Professional
> > Product Key. If the customer does not have a Microsoft OEM Windows
> > 2000 installation CD, then he cannot install Windows 2000. He would
> > therefore have to purchase a copy of Windows 2000.
> >
>
> No he wouldn't. All he needs to do is obtain a Win2K CD and PID code and
> it doesn't matter where he gets them and he certainly doesn't have to
> BUY them; he's already entitled to the licensed use of Win2K under the
> provisions XP Pro EULA.
>
> Steve
>


RE: Downgrading XP to 2000