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Installing windows 2000 pro from a dell cd

By pdn
Jan 4, 2005
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  1. i had a dell. with it came a windows 2000 pro cd. now i have a computer thats not dell, and it has windows xp home on it. i want my win 2000 pro instead but it wont install, saying its not a dell computer. is there any way around it? needless to say the people at dell are not a help, they say i should have bought another dell instead.
     
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 8,165

    Don't know if it helps, but on the CD, in the I386 dir. check the contents of:

    MSTASK.INI
    [.ShellClassInfo]
    CLSID={d6277990-4c6a-11cf-8d87-00aa0060f5bf}

    and

    PRODSPEC.INI
    ;
    ;Note to user: DO NOT ALTER OR DELETE THIS FILE.
    ;
    [SMS Inventory Identification]
    Version=1.0

    [Product Specification]
    Product=Windows 2000 Professional

    Version=5.0
    Localization=English
    ServicePackNumber=0
    BitVersion=40
    [Version]
    DriverVer=11/14/1999,5.00.2183.1

    and

    SETUPP.INI
    [Pid]
    ExtraData=646E77637A6F6D79626A1D94089595
    Pid=51873000

    and

    SETUPACC.TXT
    ; Microsoft Windows NT Workstation Version 4.0 and
    ; Windows NT Server Version 4.0
    ; (c) 1994 - 1996 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    ;
    ; Accessible Setup Answer File
    ;
    ; This file contains information about how to automate the installation
    ; or upgrade of Windows NT Workstation and Windows NT Server so the
    ; Setup program runs without requiring user input during the text-mode
    ; phase.

    [Unattended]
    OemPreinstall = no
    TargetPath = *
    UnattendMode = GuiAttended


    The above 4 are from the regular W2K Pro CD.

    SETUP.EXE in the root has 196,880 bytes, dates from (06 December) 06/12/1999 21:00 and has version 5.0.2195.1

    The legality of what you want is dubious.
     
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