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Installed Win2k Pro and Adv. Server beta versions, but can't get real versions to install

I built a server at home (128M bytes). I can install Win2k (Professional and Advanced Server) beta versions, but I can not install the real version. Installation fails in the stage of hardware detection. It seems like Win2k does not "like" one of my hardware components (perhaps my display adapter - ATI with Rage 128. What can I do to install the real Win2k version besides changing my hardware?

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This can sometimes happen when you are installing the retail version over the top of the old beta versions. You should completely deinstall - or better --format the hard drive - then try to do the installation again.

For my home systems I will usually take the opportunity to buy a larger/faster hard drive. Then I will remove the old hard drive, put the new one in and build the system. Then I will reattach the old hard drive as a slave. Then I can copy all of my files over. When I am done I completely reformat the old drive and re-organize the space.

This was first published in February 2001

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