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 PostPost subject: Windows 2000 to Powered conversion (sort of)        Posted: Fri Dec 22, 2006 9:33 pm 
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Hello,

dirtwarrior has recently quoted a method by KenOath to convert a Windows 2000 Advanced Server install into a Windows Powered one. I have tried it and it works. Don't know if it works with Windows 2000 Server as well, though.

Here's what to do

1) Copy the contents of your Win2000ADS CD to your hard drive.
2) Rename the file CDROM_IA.5 in the root of that folder to CDROM_IW.5. That will fool the SP4 into thinking it's a Windows Powered CD.
3) Integrate SP4 into the folder you have copied the CD into.
4) Done. You have a "95%" Windows Powered CD. To check if it was successful, open \i386\txtsetup.sif and search for "srv_id". If it says "Windows Powered" towards the end of the file, it was successful.
5) Make an ISO (burn) and install.

As already said, it works, it will say Windows 2000 Server when installing, but upon the 1st boot, you'll see the Windows Powered logos everywhere. Now to test if the changes persist after installing the patches and hotfixes, but I think they will because in their point of view, it should be a "genuine" Windows Powered. One weird thing: The boot screen doesn't get changed, it still says "Windows 2000 Server Family" but this can be easily changed with the known methods... :wink:

Have fun!

Credits to go KenOath.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Dec 22, 2006 10:11 pm 
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Credits go to dirtwarrior & Kenoath. :?:
All he did was quote a post I made stating how to convert it... :roll:
That's almost funny..


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Dec 22, 2006 10:25 pm 
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Oh, i didn't know that. Edted my initial post. .


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Dec 22, 2006 10:39 pm 
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No problem, I did find it funny actually.. :)


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Dec 22, 2006 11:24 pm 
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Then it's OK, nevertheless I feel better now that everything is correct. :)


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Dec 22, 2006 11:55 pm 
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That's a nice method, Ken. Im gonna have to try it soon.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Dec 23, 2006 2:19 am 
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this is cool. I'll try it out :)

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Dec 23, 2006 3:28 am 
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@KenOath
When you're installing your genuine release of Windows Powered, which name and logos does it show during Setup? Does it identify itself as Windows 2000 Server and display the W2K logos or does it say and show Windows Powered everywhere already?


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Dec 23, 2006 6:50 am 
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KO it is your creation all I did was dig it up elsewhere and post. I didnt mean to take credit for it ask empireum Here is the pm

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No I dont have the original cd. This was KO hack. Give him credit.

I'll do that when I open a thread on this.

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I have never did this hack so I wonder can this be done on a 2k advance server after sp4 is slipstreamed?

If you want start a new thread about this since the old thread was closed.

Well, do you mean you want to apply the hack to a Win2k CD that already has been slipstreamed with SP4? I don't know, I just did the hack, then slipstreamed SP4 in and that worked. But with one limitation: The boot screen didn't get changed, but this can easily be done maually. Now to test if this hack persists after installing all the updates. But I suppose it will since from the view of the patches, it's a "genuine" Windows Powered OS.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Dec 23, 2006 7:12 am 
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@dirtwarrior
I would like to be asked the next time before you publish a private message that I have sent. :x
And I have already edited my message to correct my mistake although I actually intended to give credit to both of you because it was KenOath's method, but you posted/quoted it and so I discovered it. If you had indicated your post was a quote, this misunderstanding by me wouldn't have arisen.


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OK sorry I made another mistake by trying to fix one I made


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Dec 23, 2006 12:16 pm 
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@KenOath
When you're installing your genuine release of Windows Powered, which name and logos does it show during Setup? Does it identify itself as Windows 2000 Server and display the W2K logos or does it say and show Windows Powered everywhere already?

The Service Pack 1 version does indeed show the Windows Powered
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KO it is your creation all I did was dig it up elsewhere and post. I didnt mean to take credit for it ask empireum Here is the pm

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No I dont have the original cd. This was KO hack. Give him credit.

Mate i'm not really fussed who gets credit for what anyhow,it's no biggie.
I was just amused at the post actually..
Don't stress, i'm not / haven't been.. :)

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Well, do you mean you want to apply the hack to a Win2k CD that already has been slipstreamed with SP4? I don't know,

I've not yet tried this, but, if you open the service pack 4 with Winrar or
7zip, find the IW folder & extract it, then take the extracted folders
contents & paste them into the I386 folder from your 2000 Adv Server
folder, overwriting everything when it asks are you sure you want to
overwrite, just press "Yes to all"
Then re-iso & burn..
I can't see why that wouldn't work... :wink:


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KenOath wrote:
The Service Pack 1 version does indeed show the Windows Powered
boot-screen

Okay, I might have to fix that manually with my "self-made" version :) And during Setup, what does it show? Windows 2000 logos or Windows Powered ones? My version still identifies itself as Win2k during Setup.

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I've not yey tried this, but, if you open the service pack 4 with Winrar or
7zip, find the IW folder & extract it, then take the extracted folders
contents & paste them into the I386 folder from your 2000 Adv Server
folder, overwriting everything when it asks are you sure you want to
overwrite, just press "Yes to all"
Then re-iso & burn..
I can't see why that wouldn't work... Wink

Yes, can't see why that shouldn't work either :) Actually, you are just doing what the Service Pack setup does when integrating. Just manually. :)


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Dec 24, 2006 5:46 am 
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I have windows 2000 pro gold and advance server sp4. Would either of these work.
Can I take the service pack out of advance server?


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Dec 24, 2006 5:52 am 
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No, you probably can't "extract" the SP4 from your ADV CD as all the files have been upgraded. You can use your ADV SP4 CD to do the Windows Powered conversion. Just do what KenOath has posted: Rename the CD identifier, extract the SP4 (you still need the network install file of it) to a folder and copy all files in the {SP4}\I386\IW folder into the I386 folder of your Advanced Server CD (you have to copy all files to the HD 1st, apparently), overwriting any files that already exist. That's it, you should have a Windows Powered CD/installation directory.


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I havnt done the conversion yet. Has anyone noticed a performance gain?


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No. I don't quite understand why we should expect one, either. Technically, it's just a rebranded W2K Adv Server OS...


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Dec 25, 2006 11:53 pm 
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Has anybody ever compared the running services & resources used when
running both operating systems on the same computer.


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unblestone wrote:
Has anybody ever compared the running services & resources used when
running both operating systems on the same computer.

This would only be adequate and worthful when you compare a genuine copy of Windows Powered with W2K (Adv) Server I think... KenOath could do this.

@KenOath
May I ask what's the CD label of your Windows Powered CD or ISO? I'd lke to give my home-made ISO the same label...


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I have windows 2000 pro gold. Would this work on this?


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2007 4:48 pm 
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May I ask what's the CD label of your Windows Powered CD or ISO? I'd lke to give my home-made ISO the same label...


" W2WFPB1_EN " is the label of the Sp1_RC1 build...
" W2KPWR_EN " is the label on one of the Sp4 copies I picked up,
" W2KNAS_EN " is the label on another Sp4 build I picked up from
another underground forum...
Both the Sp4 iso's look & run the same, one is 7mb larger.

The Sp1 CD actually has what looks to be original Windows Powered
Readme.docs in the docs folder...


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KenOath wrote:
" W2KNAS_EN " is the label on another Sp4 build I picked up from
another underground forum...

I didn't even know there were any other underground OS Beta forums besides us and Glenda.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2007 10:22 pm 
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we are hardly underground


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Yep, Glenda's much more IMHO.


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