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WIN2K Pro setup problems

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Hi,
I copied WIN2K Pro off a MSDN CD and burnt the WIN2K files to a CD. The problem is the CD isn't bootable and when I try to install using the bootdisks I created it comes up with an error saying EULA licence agreement isn't found or something. If I run WINNT in the i386 directory it installs but doesn't work when I reboot.

How can I install a fresh copy without a current OS?
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Adam, in order to do what you want from the MSDN CD, you need to burn an ISO image. You also need the files in the base directory, not just the i386 directory.

To do this correctly, install directly from the MSDN CD and setup Win2k. Now create a slipstreamed directory and add service pack 2 to it. Now you can burn that slipstreamed install directory as an ISO image and install from that.

Here's a URL about slipstreaming:

http://www.dewassoc.com/support/win2000/slipstreaming_w2k.htm

Dennis

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It's not just the i386 directory. it's the everything in the Pro directory which is Win2K pro.

I don't have access to the MSDN cd any more so unless someon can tell me how to properly install it with what I have I cannot award any points.

sorry

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BTW. it's the base directory and I can install it fine through windows when it copies the files to the drive first and then reboots but I can not install it through DOS.


I need to be able to install it through DOS or something.
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Try changing to the i386 directory and at the dos prompt, type WINNT and touch enter!

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I tried that and it copies the files but it says some files couldn't be copied and if I ignore that it seems not to properly boot up. The files that it says cannot be copied have the DOS filename which is filena~1.exe

they seem to be there but it just doesn't copy it for some reason.

PS. don't experience this prob when copying through windows.
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It sounds as though you've burned a bad image. Did you burn this image to a CD-R or CD-RW? If you didn't create an ISO image, you'll only be able to copy the files to a directory on a hard drive and run the install from there.

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I burnt it to a CD-R. If I copied them to a directory on the hard drive and then installed it from there would it make a difference

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I mean IF i burnt it to CD-R and copied it to my hard drive would it make a difference. I sort of tried that but it didn't copy the directories. only the files inside the directory. How can I copy the entire CD in dos.
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Create a directory on your HD and name it i386. Now just copy the directory in dos by using COPY E:\I386 *.* D:\I386

That's all that is necessary.

PS: You might want to copy smartdrv over to the boot floppy and then run it before copying anything as it will allow upper memory blocks and make things run faster.

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but what about the folders inside the i386 directory.

after that all I would need to do is run the setup from there. is that correct.
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When you run the copy command from within DOS it will copy the folders and files within them as well. Don't run setup, run WINNT.

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When I ran copy it copied all the files in the i386 folder but not the folders. I think XCopy may copy everything inside the directory.
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adam, you must be doing something wrong.

I'll spell out the steps for you.

1. Put the CD into the drive.
2. Boot to a Windows 98 boot disk and select "with CD Rom drive support".
3. Now create a directory on the card drive called i386.
4. Now change directories to i386.
5. Now access the CD Rom and change to the i386 directory.
6. Now, at the dos prompt, type:

   COPY E:\I386\*.* C:\I386<ENTER>

Note: change the drive letters to suit your setup.

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I'll give it a try.

where is smart drive because it took ages to copy last time when I tried
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If you have a windows 98 box, run a search and copy it to the floppy. After the boot process, at the dos prompt type SMARTDRV<enter>.

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I got it.

I tried what you said and it copied all the files in the i386 dir to the drive fine but didn't copy the folders inside. I put xcopy32 onto the disk and it solved the probs.

It said it couldn't copy some files which had a msdos filename example 'progra~1.abc' but it launched the main setup okay and any files that weren't originally copied I was told about during the installation and it copied it from the cdrom's i386 dir so it worked out fine..
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Okay, then you're all set then!

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