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  • How to downgrade from Windows 2003 Server to XP

    Hi all,
    It will be of great help if you could help me out with this query step by step.

    I currently have windows 2003 server OS on my laptop. I am not very happy with it as it does not support half of the softwares and also not my mobile - computer software. Thus i want to downgrade it to XP prof or XP home. I do have the CDs for XP home/Pro and 2003 server OS.

    But how do i go on about downgrading from 2003 to XP.

    Thank you

  • #2
    Re: How to downgrade from Windows 2003 Server to XP

    You don't... the only thing you can do is to backup your settings, format and install XP from scratch.
    Guy Teverovsky
    "Smith & Wesson - the original point and click interface"

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    • #3
      Re: How to downgrade from Windows 2003 Server to XP

      Originally posted by guyt
      You don't... the only thing you can do is to backup your settings, format and install XP from scratch.
      Well thats the thing though. I do not know excatly how to format. I wil back up my system, but what excatly needs to be doing in Format? That's why i asked for step by step guidance, or if you know any website that gives reference to this, please mention to me.

      Thank you

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      • #4
        Re: How to downgrade from Windows 2003 Server to XP

        Off the top of my head:
        Back up everything first or you will lose it
        Get:
        Win XP CD
        Drivers CD for laptop
        Win XP product key (probably on back of laptop)

        Set Laptop to boot from CD
        Put in WinXP CD and reboot laptop
        Press any key (or spacebar if you dont have an "any" key <g>) when prompted to press any key to boot from CD
        Win XP install will start
        Follow on-screen instructions -- at some stage you will be asked to format the C partition -- select NTFS Quick Format
        Continue following on-screen instructions

        Hope this helps!

        Tom
        Tom Jones
        MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
        PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
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        Ossian Ltd
        Scotland

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        • #5
          Re: How to downgrade from Windows 2003 Server to XP

          one noticable thing is that when you would like to have both win03 & win XP on your system.Suppose 'kamle_b' want's to install windows XP on partition different from partition which win03 installed on it(in summary installng WinXP after win2003.He will encounter an Error and the system OS wont boot.

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          • #6
            Re: How to downgrade from Windows 2003 Server to XP

            You can't downgrade from Server 2003 to XP.

            As for formatting and starting again there are various methods that you can use to do this.

            Probably the easiest way is to follow Ossian's instructions.

            Have a read at this as it also give pictures.

            http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

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            • #7
              Re: How to downgrade from Windows 2003 Server to XP

              Originally posted by Ossian
              Off the top of my head:
              Back up everything first or you will lose it
              Get:
              Win XP CD
              Drivers CD for laptop
              Win XP product key (probably on back of laptop)

              Set Laptop to boot from CD
              Put in WinXP CD and reboot laptop
              Press any key (or spacebar if you dont have an "any" key <g>) when prompted to press any key to boot from CD
              Win XP install will start
              Follow on-screen instructions -- at some stage you will be asked to format the C partition -- select NTFS Quick Format
              Continue following on-screen instructions

              Hope this helps!

              Tom

              Tom, long time no hair (as in my case) it is good to see you back.
              1 1 was a racehorse.
              2 2 was 1 2.
              1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
              2 2 1 1 2

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              • #8
                Re: How to downgrade from Windows 2003 Server to XP

                Hi biggles77
                Good to be back!
                Too much real life (read problems) for the last couple of years but good to be getting back in the groove again.

                Hope to be much more regular here now

                All the best
                Tom
                Tom Jones
                MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
                PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
                IT Trainer / Consultant
                Ossian Ltd
                Scotland

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                • #9
                  Re: How to downgrade from Windows 2003 Server to XP

                  Originally posted by Ossian
                  Off the top of my head:
                  Back up everything first or you will lose it
                  Get:
                  Win XP CD
                  Drivers CD for laptop
                  Win XP product key (probably on back of laptop)

                  Set Laptop to boot from CD
                  Put in WinXP CD and reboot laptop
                  Press any key (or spacebar if you dont have an "any" key <g>) when prompted to press any key to boot from CD
                  Win XP install will start
                  Follow on-screen instructions -- at some stage you will be asked to format the C partition -- select NTFS Quick Format
                  Continue following on-screen instructions

                  Hope this helps!

                  Tom
                  Your way sounds the easiest to me, compared to other results i have got from google search. Though few more questions - How do you set laptop to boot from CD, is it somewhere in control panel?
                  You said driver CD for laptop, how do i get that, i checked all my cds that came with this laptop and there is no driver cd there? or should i look some else place for this cd?
                  Thank you

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                  • #10
                    Re: How to downgrade from Windows 2003 Server to XP

                    Hi Kamle,

                    To set laptop to boot from CD, go into BIOS setup when it is booting -- before windows starts. Normally you press DEL or F1 at the start of the boot sequence, but you should get an on-screen prompt telling you which key to press.

                    The drivers may be on one of the CDs that came with the laptop, alternatively they should be downloadable from the makers web site. Use hardware manager to check (and note down) the make and model of:

                    LAN
                    WiFi
                    Graphics
                    Audio
                    Modem
                    anything else that looks unusual!

                    There is absolutely NOTHING more embarassing than preparing a system and not having drivers to connect to the internet to download the drivers you need!

                    Summary, think twice (or more) and act once!

                    Tom
                    Tom Jones
                    MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
                    PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
                    IT Trainer / Consultant
                    Ossian Ltd
                    Scotland

                    ** Remember to give credit where credit is due and leave reputation points where appropriate **

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