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Installing Windows2000 on a PC without CDROM

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I need to install Win2000 on a laptop that does not have CDROM. I've created a bootable floppy that loads TCPIP and I'm able to connect to an other PC's shared CDROM via LAN.  

What should I run to start installation? Setup.exe can not be run in DOS mode and there are no other Setup or Install on Win2000 installation CD.
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CMorehosue earned 400 total points
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If you can get to the files with the connection you have explained run winnt and it will run in dos
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the winnt.exe file is in the I386 directory
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A long way to do it but it will be done is to use ghost.  What you do is use a computer and install 2K on another computer then uploade taht image to a server.  You next just drop that to the computer.  It is a long way but will work and you can get a 30 day trial of ghost for free.
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by:alex1234
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CMorehosue, thanks!

I have an other problem - setup says I need a drive with 500,000 MB of free space. I have hard drive unformatted and it is not visible. All I have is a RAM drive. What should I do?

P.S. I increased points. I need a help throughout the entire installation
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run fdisk and see if it sees the hard drive, if it does create partition then try it again
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lcullum01,

I believe that image (ghost) is tired to a hardware, isn't it? In other words, I can image PC1 that has totally different hardware than PC2 that I need to install Windows to. Are you sure that this will work?

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if the drive is visible and fdisk creates a partition windows setup will format it for you
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by:alex1234
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CMorehosue,

I've created a 1000MB DOS partition, it is C:, however installation still displays "...unable to locate harddrive volume with at least 453MB...". Did I miss anything?

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I've forgot to mention that I made C: partition active with fdisk, is it OK?
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I guess i would run format c: from dos then
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if you do format the drive I personally would copy the i386 folder to the local drive and run winnt from there
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One more thing, I can not DIR or create a directory on my new c: drive, it reads "invalid media type reading drive C". However, I CAN switch to C: and back
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and yes you want it active
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If you have not formatted it you can't use dos commands on the drive yet. formatting will take awhile. you will also want to copy smartdrv.exe from a 98 or 95 computer and run that in dos before you start the install it will speed it up quite a bit
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Works! It was not formated
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