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    Bypassing the Windows 2000 Serial Check

    First you want to copy your Windows 2000 setup files from your CD to your hard drive. You have to copy at least the I386 directory (I recommend copying all the files, so you can burn a complete CD later). Now go into the I386 directory you just copied onto your hard drive. Find the setupp.ini file. Right click it, select Properties, and remove the Read-only checkmark. Now open the file to edit it.

    Your setupp.ini file should read something like this:


    Replace the 3 X's (generally it'll be three zeros) at the end with "270". It should now read something like this:


    Thatís it! Now you can now install Windows 2000 without a serial number!

    Note: After many emails, it's safe to say this works with all versions of Win2k; Professional, Server, and Advanced Server. If it's not working for you, email me letting me know exactly what you're trying this on. I won't be able to help you (there's only so many ways to replace 000 with 270), but I can let others know if a certain CD (ie Win2k Pro OEM) will not work. Also, this will NOT work on evaluation versions of Win2k. So don't waste your time.

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