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Old 02-20-2005, 01:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,

I was wondering if someone could tell me a quick way to uninstall xp. It is an upgrade from 2000, and it has failed to detect my cd-rom drive, thus, I cannot use the drive. At this point, I'm ready to uninstall it and start over from scratch.

I've tried all the troubleshooting help received on this forum with respect to the drive and related hardware to no avail. I'm sufficiently frustrated enough to just remove the operating system and revert to 2000 until I get another copy of xp.

Any tips on how to uninstall this beast would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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Another copy of XP will not be any different that the copy you have now. You cant just uninstall it, your stuck with it, unless you have the 2000 cd.
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Check in add/remove programs, when you do an upgrade to xp it will show up in add/remove programs to uninstall it.
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I have the 2000 cd. However, keep in mind that my drive is disabled under xp. Is there really no way to uninstall it?
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1. Click Start, and then click Run.
2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
3. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/System/CurrentControlSet/Control/Class/{4d36e965-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318}
4. On the File menu, click Export.
5. In the File name box, type savedkey, and then click Save.
6. Click the REG_MULTI_SZ data type UpperFilters, and then click Delete on the Edit menu. When you are prompted to confirm the deletion, click Yes.

Note If this data type is missing, go to Method 2.
7. Click the REG_MULTI_SZ data type LowerFilters, and then click Delete on the Edit menu. When you are prompted to confirm the deletion, click Yes.
8. Quit Registry Editor, and then restart the computer.
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It does not show up there. My understanding is that it won't show up in add/remove programs if it is an upgrade from 2000.

Thanks for the reply, though.
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Did you try it?
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NO Luck!

Can I uninstall xp in any way, shape or form?
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You sure can:

Uninstall Windows XP Professional
For systems upgraded to Windows XP Professional from Windows 98 or Windows Me, you might be able to revert to the previous operating system as a method for resolving the following problem.

After upgrading to Windows XP Professional, you might discover that a critical application does not run or a device fails to initialize. Consult the software or hardware manufacturer to determine if a compatibility problem exists. You might also learn that one of the following conditions applies to you:

The program does not run correctly, even after running the Program Compatibility Wizard. For more information, see "Program Compatibility Wizard" earlier in this appendix.
The manufacturer no longer supports the application or device and an update is not available. Furthermore, device drivers for earlier versions of Windows do not work.
The manufacturer supports the device, but a Windows XP Professional update is not yet available. Furthermore, device drivers for earlier versions of Windows do not work.
Reverting to the previous operating system enables you to continue using the application or device while waiting for a compatible update or replacement. You can choose to upgrade to Windows XP Professional at a later date.

To uninstall Windows XP Professional

In the Run dialog box, type appwiz.cpl, and then click OK.
In the Currently installed programs box, click Windows XP Professional, and then click Remove.
Follow the on-screen instructions to uninstall Windows XP Professional.
You can only uninstall Windows XP Professional if your computer meets all of the following requirements:

The computer was upgraded from Windows 98 or Windows Me.
The system partition uses the FAT or FAT32 file system. This is the default for computers upgraded from Windows 98 and Windows Me. If you use Convert.exe to convert the file system from FAT to NTFS, you can no longer uninstall Windows XP Professional.
The computer had sufficient disk space to save uninstall information when you upgraded to Windows XP Professional.
To detect incompatible components before upgrading to Windows XP Professional, run Setup with the /checkupgradeonly parameter.

To check system compatibility before installing Windows XP Professional

Insert the Windows XP Professional operating system CD into the computer, and then wait for the Welcome to Microsoft Windows XP screen to appear. Click Check system compatibility.
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At the command prompt, type drive:\i386\winnt32.exe /checkupgradeonly (where drive: represents the network or CD-ROM path to the Windows XP Professional installation files
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