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    Downgrade to Window 2000 (Windows XP)

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    I have 3 Acer laptops that come with Windows XP pre-installed, the problem I have is I have to use some Italian software that is only compatable with Windows 2000.

    I cannot load Windows 2000 because the OS and all the utilities and drivers are on the recovery disk. I can't just install a copy of Windows 2000 because then I can't accees the utilities and drivers on the recovery disk.

    Any Ideas please
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    Re: Downgrade to Window 2000 (Windows XP)

    This may not even come close but it isn't "damaging" and would seem to be worth a try, given your situation with the CDs. Have you tried running one of the Italian programs in "Compatibility" mode in XP? Just find the EXE of one of the programs, right click and choose Properties. In the Compatibility tab there should be a selection for Windows 2000 and if it still doesn't work, you can always un-check it again.

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    Re: Downgrade to Window 2000 (Windows XP)

    I'm a little confused - why would the laptops come pre-installed with WinXP but have W2K on the system recovery discs?

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    Re: Downgrade to Window 2000 (Windows XP)

    Hi Keely

    The revovery disk has Windows XP but I want to downgrade to a copy of Windows 2000 which I purchased separately.

    Hope this is clear

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    Re: Downgrade to Window 2000 (Windows XP)

    Hi again Al

    Yeah we tried everything but the Italians insist we must use Windows 2000.
    Not very helpful Eh.

    Its just installing the drivers that is the problem sourcing them from the Revovery Disk, I just bought 3 toshibas and they have the option to load Windows XP or Windows 2000 and best of all the have all the drivers and utilities on a separate disk. Ideal.

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    Re: Downgrade to Window 2000 (Windows XP)

    So, it's a fair bet you've already tried "finding" the appropriate sound, video, touchpad, etc. drivers on the CD you got and copying them to the hard drive in advance, huh? Man, I don't know what you do next. How about a web site download of the drivers like I did when I needed to futz around with my Gateway laptop some time ago? Can you get copies of the approptiate drivers that way? What a pistol of a pickle you're in. And, I suppose it would be too much to ask (from Acer's viewpoint) to swap the XP CDs that came with the machines for Win2K?

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    Re: Downgrade to Window 2000 (Windows XP)

    If you've already got a licensed W2K copy and all you're worried about are drivers and utilities, you're in business.

    Go to Acer's notebook support site and download the drivers that you need from there, storing them on a floppy disk. Grab all the W2K drivers for your model if you can, but make sure not to miss video, audio, built-in modem or ethernet ports and mouse. When you install W2K at first, the generic drivers may be clunky but you should be able to do the basics of the install until you can use your downloaded drivers. For example, the video resolution on the screen might be very chunky, but when you install the appropriate driver it will be fine. Since we don't know the model of the Acers you have I can't point you any closer, but that should do the trick for you.

    As for the Acer utilities, I think you would be hard pressed to find anything you really need there. Most notebook OEM's package a bunch of garbage that duplicates the functions that W2K and WXP handle on their own (i.e. power management) just fine, but it gives them another platform for their brand recognition strategy. Relax, all you need are the drivers. Good luck, and let us know how it goes.

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    Re: Downgrade to Window 2000 (Windows XP)

    Hi Al

    I must admit I never thought of asking Acer to change the disks I'll give it a try.

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