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Installing Win2000 on a PC without CDROM

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I have a laptop that does not have CDROM and I want to install Windows2000 on it. I'm able to boot from a floppy with TCPIP and connect to a remote PC with a Win2000 installation CD in CDROM.

I created a FAT16 partiton using my boot diskette on C:\ drive and run I386\winnt via a mapped drive. The DOS portion of setup completes OK, PC restarts and I'm getting a message "..unable to locate setup files..Setup can not continue". What could be the problem?
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sunray_2003,

I don't have a remote installation service. All I have is to PCs: the laptop I'm installing the OS to and a Win2000 professional workstation with a CDROM. My question still remains...


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Hmm.. I misunderstood the question then..

Do you have an external CDROM which you can attach to the laptop ... That way also you can install

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No, I don't have an external CDROM. I'm able to connect to a CDROM on an other PC via mapped drive
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Have you checked at this

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=304868

You can copy the required files from the CD thru mapped drive to your laptop and then instal

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This article describes how to install using local CDROM or boot disks+CDROM. I don't have a local CDROM, I'm using a network share to a CDROM.
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OK, it looks like I did not have enough disk space when I formatted FAT16 - I re-formatted entire drive and repeated the installation, It worked this time and I had an option to convert it to NTFS.

Thanks, and do not need a help on this question. I will ask to delete it
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OK .. post a 0 pt in community support requesting a moderator to delete this question and refund the points

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by:mranere
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How do I install windows 2000 on a Dell Latitude 610C that does not have
a current O/S or cd dvd drive.  Details please.
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