Installing SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition on Windows XP

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SQL Server 2000
SQL Server installation
Windows XP Professional
When I try to install SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition on Windows XP Professional Edition, it is giving me an error message that says my operating system is not supported. How can I install SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition on Windows XP Professional Edition?
ASKED: November 19, 2008  3:00 PM
UPDATED: October 22, 2013  2:47 PM

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This page gives a concrete answer, in short, you can’t do this. I quote “When installing SQL Server 2000 on a Windows XP machine, you could NOT have installed successfully on another machine using the same CD. The Enterprise Edition of SQL Server will ONLY install on a machine running Advanced Server. If you are not running Advanced Server (or NT Enterprise Edition), you will NOT be able to install the Enterprise Edition of SQL Server. Those are hard requirements., and there is absolutely no way around them. This is because the features present in the Enterprise Edition of SQL Server are simply not supported on desktop operating systems like XP. You can install the Desktop Edition or Developer Edition of SQL Server on that XP machine, but NOT the Enterprise Edition.”

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