Monday, April 21, 2008

Starting the Installation Windows 2000 and XP

Let's get started installing Windows 2000 and perform the text-mode:

  1. To start installation from the CD-ROM, you can boot from the Windows 2000 Professional CD-ROM. Place the CD-ROM in the drive and reboot the computer. Make sure your BIOS is set up to boot from the CD-ROM drive. When you boot from the CD-ROM, Setup will copy the minimum version of Windows 2000 Professional to memory and start the text-mode portion of Setup. If you have any Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) or Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) devices on the computer, press f6 to install the drivers for these devices.

2. You will come to the Welcome to Setup screen. You have three options from which to choose:

a. You can run Windows 2000 Setup. Press Enter for this option.

b. Repair an existing Windows 2000 installation. Press r for this option.

c. Exit Setup without installing Windows 2000. Press f3 for this option.

3. If the hard disk contains an operating system that is not compatible with Windows 2000, a screen will appear, notifying you that you could lose data if you continue with Setup. You have two options at this point:

a. Continue Setup. Press c for this option.

b. Quit Setup. Press f3.

4. Now you will have to read the license agreement and then choose to agree or to not agree with it. If you do not agree to the terms, then you will not be able to continue with Setup. You can use Page Down to read the entire agreement. To accept the conditions of the agreement, press f8. If you do not accept the terms of the agreement, press Esc key Setup will quit.

5. The next screen will show you the existing free space and/or existing partitions on the hard disk . You will have three options:

a. To set up Windows 2000 Professional on the selected partition, press Enter.

b. To create a new partition in the unpartitioned space, press c. When you select this option, you will have the option of how large to make that partition, or to go back to the previous screen without creating a new partition. Either accept the default size of all remaining free space or type in the size you want for the new partition. Then press Enter to create the partition, or Esc to cancel creating the partition.

c. To delete the selected partition, press d. Be careful deleting any partitions; any files stored on that partition will be lost.

6. After you press Enter to install Windows 2000 Professional on the selected partition, you will come to the screen for formatting the partition. You can choose from NTFS or FAT—NTFS is the default. (Note: If the partition size is larger than 2GB, then it will automatically use the FAT32 file system. Choose the file system to format the partition, and press Enter. Since you are installing Windows 2000 Professional, you should always choose NTFS.

7. A screen will appear, showing the progress of formatting the partition. When the formatting is complete, it will organize the hard disk and then start copying files to the Windows 2000 Professional installation folder automatically without user interaction.

8. Setup will then initialize your Windows 2000 configuration and copy the necessary files to the hard disk for the next phase of setup.

9. The last step for this phase is to reboot your computer. A screen will appear, telling you to remove any floppy disks from your drive, and to press Enter to restart the computer. If you don't respond in 15 seconds, it will automatically restart the computer.

10. When the computer boots up, there will be a progress bar at the bottom that says "Starting Windows.". You can press f8 for troubleshooting options. When the computer boots up, you will be in the Setup Wizard phase of the Windows 2000 Professional installation.

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