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    Unravelling 2 W2k Versions

    My IE6 was giving problems and I landed up trying to reinstal W2K. Kept getting a message "looking for NT5info.cat" on the CD. It's there in compressed form and wouldn't load. So I used a friend's W2K disk and now appear to have two Win2000 OS's resident, one that works (the friend's) and one that doesn't. I seem to have lost my .pst files and when I try and run Office 2000, I get a message that I have to run Office Setup. But I can see the program files for all my Office applications on the HD. When I "Add/remove programs" all I see is "there are no programs loaded."

    Can someone advise what to do please? DO I remove the malfunctioning OS and if so how? How do I get the OS to see my Office applications?

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    Jon

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    Re: Unravelling 2 W2k Versions

    Bad news: you must install Office once again to make it work under another OS. (Explanation: Program files, that you can see on your hard drive, is only a part of Office installation. The second part is in the Registry, and each instance of OS - and each user account in it - has its own version of Registry.)

    I would recommend to backup your documents, templates and other personal files, make a list of the programs you use and reformat your hard drive, then to install everything from scratches. Or, if you prefer to live with messed up hard drive...

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    Re: Unravelling 2 W2k Versions

    Uggh. Thanks for confirming my worst fears! One last hope. I see my new instance of W2k set me up as a new user, but the previous settings had me as "default" and those settings still appear to be intact. I also see that at least one of my programs is not accessible because the path doesn't include that directory. So is there a way to get back to where I was, including my .pst file, then do the backup and then start all over?

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