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September 8, 2004 6:05:06 PM

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hi, i am having major problems getting w2k setup running...
Before i received it, the pc had winMe installed, but corruptions in
registry of the himem nature forced shutdown after starting windows.

I tried using my own WinME recovery CD to do a clean reinstall but shortly
after setup starts i got denied since the installer says that the my Me
version does not match the previous owner's version...damn!!

So i turned to W2K. First, the W2k Cd is a copy of the original and was not
booting so i had to get into the DOS command prompt using the Me recovery CD.
I used the MErecovery Cd's fdisk and format options for hard drive failure
rescue to erase the existing partitions and set a new logical partition
formatted in fat32.

then i ran w2kCd\i386\winnt.exe to run W2K setup. But after asking me for
the source path for w2K files, it says that it cannot continue because of
something having to do with the incorrect partition and format

Then, i created the setup startup floppies, which got into the blue screen
for win2000setup, but after reading from the #1 for a few seconds, nothing
happens...

what should i do? Try with a different OS setup? Can WinME fdisk & format
cause mayhem for the W2K setup process? Where can i find the Fdisk and format
tools for W2k (are they even in the W2K cd?)? Why can't my W2K cd boot, even
when set in the bios config?

Help me please!

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Anonymous
September 9, 2004 2:18:55 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

If I had to guess based on this information I would say you have
incompatible or faulty hardware. If you can get to the options stage after
the initial files loads (where it asks if you would like to install a new
copy of windows or repair) and then it freezes, my money would be on
incompatability with hardware. Check the HCL at www.microsoft.com/hcl to
see if your PC is on it.

For more options on recovery console see the following KB article:
229716 Description of the Windows 2000 Recovery Console
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=229716

Elijah Landreth [MSFT]
Microsoft Server Setup Team

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Anonymous
September 9, 2004 1:07:28 PM

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"kurt" <kurt@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:38A4A88F-C0DF-4E43-8C2E-23A5BB903D07@microsoft.com...
> hi, i am having major problems getting w2k setup running...
> Before i received it, the pc had winMe installed, but corruptions in
> registry of the himem nature forced shutdown after starting windows.
>
> I tried using my own WinME recovery CD to do a clean reinstall but shortly
> after setup starts i got denied since the installer says that the my Me
> version does not match the previous owner's version...damn!!
>
> So i turned to W2K. First, the W2k Cd is a copy of the original and was
not
> booting so i had to get into the DOS command prompt using the Me recovery
CD.
> I used the MErecovery Cd's fdisk and format options for hard drive
failure
> rescue to erase the existing partitions and set a new logical partition
> formatted in fat32.
>
> then i ran w2kCd\i386\winnt.exe to run W2K setup. But after asking me for
> the source path for w2K files, it says that it cannot continue because of
> something having to do with the incorrect partition and format
>
> Then, i created the setup startup floppies, which got into the blue screen
> for win2000setup, but after reading from the #1 for a few seconds, nothing
> happens...
>
> what should i do? Try with a different OS setup? Can WinME fdisk &
format
> cause mayhem for the W2K setup process? Where can i find the Fdisk and
format
> tools for W2k (are they even in the W2K cd?)? Why can't my W2K cd boot,
even
> when set in the bios config?
>
> Help me please!

Do this:
- Boot the machine with a Win98 boot disk from www.bootdisk.com.
- Use fdisk.com to create the FAT32 partitions you require.
- run \i386\winnt.exe from your Win2000 CD to install Win2000.
- Convert the partition to NTFS if desired (convert c: /fs:ntfs)
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