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Q: Windows Setup (2) ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Windows Setup (2)
Category: Computers > Operating Systems
Asked by: jossychina-ga
List Price: $100.00
Posted: 02 Aug 2004 05:53 PDT
Expires: 01 Sep 2004 05:53 PDT
Question ID: 382330
Please, I will like to still know from scratch how to setup the
following OSs after formatting the Hard Disk. The OS are as follows:
1. Windows 2000
2. Windows XP
3. Windows Me
4. Windows 2000 Server

NB: Credits will be awarded for a clear and detailed explaination.
Subject: Re: Windows Setup (2)
Answered By: tox-ga on 02 Aug 2004 08:20 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

Thank you for the interesting question! I am assuming your entire hard
drive is already formatted in my explanation. If you need help with
this, or anything else, feel free to ask for clarification. I am
willing to work until you are completely satisfied

All of these installations will be simplified with a bootable CD-ROM
drive. To check if you have a bootable CD-ROM drive, simply insert a
windows O/S's CD and restart the computer. If you are prompted with an
installation screen, then you can ignore the Boot Disk Instructions.
Next, check your BIOS settings (To find out how to access the BIOS
please refer to your motherboard manual or the manufacturer of your
Laptop. The system bios can usually be entered on boot, usually by
pressing the F1, F2, F8, F10 or DEL key. Make sure you save the
settings before exiting).

Otherwise, using a working computer you need to download and create
floppy boot up disks from the link provided at the beginning of each
O/S section (below). The number of floppy disks required will vary
from system to system so have up to 6 ready. To use the boot disks,
insert the first floppy disk in the set and restart the computer,
replacing the floppies when prompted.

I have typed up and formatted the installation instructions in PDF
form so you can easily download and print them.

* Windows 2000 Professional *

Boot Disk Instructions
Disk 1:
Disk 2:
Disk 3:
Disk 4:

Download all four disks and the image maker and unzip them to C:\. Run
makebt32.exe and specify your floppy disk drive letter (usually A) and
replace the floppy disks when prompted.

Installation Instructions

* Windows XP *

Boot Disk Instructions
XP Home:
XP Professional:

Download the correct boot disk image (the XP Home boot disk does not
work for XP Professional and vice versa). Run the installation file
and replace floppy disks when prompted (6 floppy disks required).

Installation Instructions

* Windows ME *

Boot Disk Instructions
Disk 1:

Run the boot disk image program and insert a floppy disk when prompted.

Installation Instructions

* Windows 2000 Server *

Boot Disk Instructions
Disk 1 - 4:

Download the tile and when prompted, unzip the four files to somewhere
convenient. Double click each to create the images (using a different
floppy disk for each image).

Installation Instructions
------------------------- (installation process
is the same as the professional version)

I hope this helps.



Request for Answer Clarification by jossychina-ga on 02 Aug 2004 09:53 PDT
Thanks for your interest. But I will like to ask for more
clarification as to partitioning the disk. How do i partition the disk
before installing, and what is the difference between a partitioned
and a non-partitioned disk?
Hoping to hear from you soon~


Clarification of Answer by tox-ga on 02 Aug 2004 13:01 PDT

Partitioning a disk allows the user greater flexibility in terms of
hard drive organization and backup. Whether or not to partition a hard
drive is completely up to a user. There are no "differences" between a
partitioned hard drive and an unpartitioned hard drive. Partitioning
merely tricks the computer into believing that there is more then one
drive. All the data still resides on the same physical drive. However,
the benefits are that you can keep your O/S and data separate. That
way, you can format the drive with the O/S and perform a clean install
without affecting your data.

With Windows XP/2000, you do not need to partition your hard drive
before installation. If you refer to my instructions, you can actually
create partitions during the installation of Windows (step 5 in the XP
install and step 6 in the 2K install). Detailed instructions are as

1. Get to step 5/6 (depending on the O/S)
2. At this point, all the existing partitions and the unpartitioned
spaces are listed for each physical hard disk. Use the ARROW keys to
select the partition or the unpartitioned space where you want to
create a new partition. Press D to delete an existing partition, or
press C to create a new partition by using unpartitioned space. If you
press D to delete an existing partition, you must then press L (or
press ENTER, and then press L if it is the System partition) to
confirm that you want to delete the partition. Repeat this step for
each of the existing partitions that you want to use for the new
partition. When all the partitions are deleted, select the remaining
unpartitioned space, and then press C to create the new partition.
3. Type the size in megabytes (MB) that you want to use for the new
partition, and then press ENTER, or just press ENTER to create the
partition with the maximum size.
4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 to create additional partitions if you want them.
5. Continue the installation by selecting a partition where you want
to install the O/S.

To do this from scratch (without relying on the Windows setup), you
need a bootdisk with FDISK. Create a boot disk using When the boot
up process is complete, type fdisk to run the partitioning utility.

1. Choose 'Y' when prompted to enable large disk support.
2. To truly start from scratch, select option three from the menu
(delete partition or logical disk drive) and clear away (delete) all
of your existing partitions.
3. Return to the main menu and choose option 1 - Create DOS partition
or Logical DOS drive.
4. Another menu will present the following options
5. Choose option 1 (Create Primary DOS Partition) to create your main
partition. FDISK verifies the integrity of your drive and will ask you
if want to use the maximum available size of your hard disk to create
the primary partition and set it active. If you wish to have only one
partition, then select Y, otherwise, N. If N, then choose the size of
the hard drive. I recommend about 10 gigabytes for your primary
partition (or a minimum of about 3 gigabytes).
6. If you wish to create additional drives, return to the main menu.
You need to create an Extended DOS partition in the space remaining
(not allocated for the primary partition). After creating the Extended
DOS partition, you need to create Logical DOS Drives in the extended
DOS Partition (once again, specifying their size). I recommend using
the remaining space for an extended partition, and creating a single
logical dos drive within that partition, for your data.
7. After you have created all of your desired partitions, exit fdisk
and restart the computer, booting up from the floppy disk.
8. From A drive, type "format c:" and wait for the drive to format.
Repeat this with every drive that you have created. After the format
is completed you will have your hard drive successfully partitioned
and ready for any Windows installation.

I hope this helps.


Request for Answer Clarification by jossychina-ga on 03 Aug 2004 07:27 PDT
please, i want to know if all OS(s) use the same boot disk or they
have their seperate Boot disks. if some use the same Boot Disk, then
for easy clearification, please state all that use the same boot disk
and those that use their seperate one.

Clarification of Answer by tox-ga on 03 Aug 2004 11:19 PDT
All the O/S's use different boot disks to get to the installation
program. In my original answer, I provided links to the boot disk
which is specifi to that particular O/S.

As a side note (for more information since you seem to be getting
involved in multiple O/S's), if you are trying to install multiple
O/S's, your best bet is to create a partition for each O/S (mixing
O/S's on the same partition is never good news). All O/S's are MUST
have a boot record in the Master Boot Record (MBR) which is located on
drive 0 (C: typically).

Windows 2K/XP/2003 actually comes with its own boot manager, so if you
have ME/98/95 installed already (on C:), then they will automatically
configure a bootup menu where you choose the operating system to boot
to. However, adding 98/ME to an existing 2K/XP/2003 installation is
slightly trickier, but is covered in

I hope that helps.

jossychina-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
You are really great. Thanks again...Keep it up

Subject: Re: Windows Setup (2)
From: chrisward1000-ga on 02 Aug 2004 11:19 PDT
You can have up to 6 partitions I think on each hard disc. You can
partition a disc using the instructions on the boot CD's. You will
need to setup a menu that allows you to choose which OS you will boot
from every time you boot your computer.
Subject: Re: Windows Setup (2)
From: robstarusa-ga on 05 Aug 2004 07:12 PDT
Actually, you can have 4 "primary" partitions in the x86 world.  You
can have way more than 4 if you create an extended and make "logical
drives" inside of it.

In BSD, you can make a bsd "slice" on the disk and many multiple
partitions in it (I'm not sure on the limit, but it's past 10).


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