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format a hard drive with windows 2000 pro

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September 9, 2004 8:08:44 AM

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

i cant get to the screen to format the hard drive like in
windows 98 i want to do a clean install of windows 2000 pro
September 9, 2004 11:36:12 PM

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

flip wrote:
> i cant get to the screen to format the hard drive like in
> windows 98 i want to do a clean install of windows 2000 pro

Simply boot from the Win2K installation CD. You'll be offered the
opportunity to delete, create, and format partitions as part of the
installation process. (You may need to re-arrange the order of boot
devices in the PC's BIOS to boot from the CD.)


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September 10, 2004 12:00:30 AM

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

This is a great KB article on installing 2000 Professional: 304868 How To
Install Windows 2000 Professional

I suggest you format with NTFS when it comes time to make that decision. I
also suggest you check on the hcl located at for any
compatibility issues and you can also use the "winnt32.exe /checkupgrade"
function. In short, here's the article:


- #2: Installing Windows 2000 Professional
This article describes how to install Windows 2000 Professional.

Installing Windows 2000 Professional

To install Windows 2000 Professional, follow these steps:

1. Start the installation by using one of the following methods:

- Start from the Windows 2000 Professional installation CD-ROM.
Make sure that the CD-ROM is set to start before the hard disk starts.
Insert the CD-ROM, and then when you are prompted, press any key to start
the Windows 2000 Professional Setup program.

- Start from boot disks. Insert Disk 1, and then insert each of the
remaining three floppy disks when you are prompted to do so.
For additional information about creating boot disks for Windows 2000,
click the article number below
to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

KBLink:197063.KB.EN-US: How to Create Setup Boot Disks for Windows 2000

- Start from within a current operating system. Insert the CD-ROM, and
then, at a command prompt, type "<drive>:\i386\winnt32.exe" (without the
quotation marks) and then press ENTER, or if this is an installation on a
computer that has no previous installation of Windows, type
"<drive>:\i386\winnt.exe" (without the quotation marks) and then press
ENTER, where <drive> is the letter of the CD-ROM drive.

2. Setup inspects your computer's hardware configuration and then
begins to install the Setup and driver files. When the Microsoft
Windows 2000 Professional screen appears, press ENTER to set up Windows
2000 Professional.

3. Read the license agreement, and then press the F8 key to accept the
terms of the license agreement and continue the installation.

4. When the Windows 2000 Professional Setup screen appears, either
press ENTER to set up Windows 2000 Professional on the selected
partition, or press C to create a partition in the unpartitioned space.

5. If you choose to install Windows 2000 Professional on a file allocation
table (FAT) partition, specify whether you want to:

- Leave the current file system intact.

- Format the partition as FAT16.

- Convert the existing file system to the NTFS file system.

- Format the partition by using the NTFS file system.
Press ENTER after you make your selection. Setup examines the existing hard
disks and then copies the files that are needed to complete the
installation of Windows 2000 Professional. After the files are copied, the
computer restarts.

Important Do not press a key to boot from your CD-ROM drive when your
computer restarts.

6. When the Windows 2000 GUI Mode Setup Wizard appears, click Next to
start the wizard. Setup detects and installs such devices as a
specialized mouse or keyboard.

7. When the Regional Options dialog box appears, customize your
installation of Windows 2000 Professional for locale, number format,
currency, time, date, and language, if necessary. Click Next.

8. In the Personalize Your Software dialog box, type your name and the
name of your organization, and then click Next.

9. In the Product ID dialog box, type the 25-character product key, and
then click Next.

10. In the "Computer Name and Password" dialog box, either accept the
default name that Setup generates or assign a different name for the
computer. When you are prompted for an administrative password, type a
password for the Administrator account. (You can leave the box blank;
however, this is not recommended.) Click Next.

11. In the "Date and Time Settings" dialog box, set the correct date
and time for your computer. You can also specify which time zone you
are in and set the computer to automatically adjust the clock for
daylight saving time. Click Next.

12. Setup installs the networking software and detects your network
settings. When the Network Settings dialog box appears, click either

- Typical to set default network settings such as File and Print Sharing
for Microsoft Networks, Client for Microsoft Networks, and TCP/IP protocol
that uses Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), or

- Custom to specify the network components that you require for your
network environment,
and then click Next.

13. In the "Workgroup or Computer Domain" dialog box, specify the
workgroup or the domain to join. If you indicate that you are part of a
domain, specify your domain user name and password. Click Next. Setup
installs the networking components.

14. During the final stage of installation, Setup installs Start menu
items, registers components, saves settings, and removes temporary
files. When the "Completing the Windows 2000 Setup Wizard" dialog box
prompts you to do so, remove the Windows 2000 CD-ROM, and then click
Finish to restart the computer.

15. After the computer restarts, click Next in the "Welcome to the
Network Identification Wizard" dialog box.

16. In the "Users of This Computer" dialog box, specify either that
users must enter a user name and password or that you want Windows 2000
to automatically log on a specific user when the computer starts. Click

When the Windows 2000 Professional desktop appears, the installation is

Elijah Landreth [MSFT]
Microsoft Server Setup Team

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September 10, 2004 3:02:28 AM

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

"flip" <> wrote in message
> i cant get to the screen to format the hard drive like in
> windows 98 i want to do a clean install of windows 2000 pro

Boot your machine with your Win2000 CD, then select
"format" when prompted.
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