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Looking for an online reference on how to install Windows Server 2003 on a Windows XP machine.

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What I am trying to do is to install Windows Server 2003 on my HP desktop that I bought 2 months ago. I have 2GB of RAM, and I have partitioned my C: drive. The WS2003 partition is the X: drive and it has 20GB of space on it. I tried using Virtual PC to do the job, but that didn't work. I don't really want to use both at the same time (XP and WS2003) so I just want to use one at a time.

All I am looking for is a clear-cut understanding of how to do this, through an online manual or reference. Preferably step-by-step.

Again, all I am looking for is for someone to point me to a link on the internet that is easy to read, and not catered to highly technical people.

Thanks,

Panos
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There's really nothing to this.

I can't find a walkthrough for you, but it's very simple.


While booted into XP, run winnt32.exe /syspart:x:

This is run from the Server CD\i386.

Since you are installing a newer OS over an older OS, then the bootloader will be replaced and that's ok.

Just make sure you install everything into the second partition so you don't overwrite anything XP needs.

That's pretty much all there is.



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OK, could you dumb it down a notch please at put your instructions in step-by-step form? Have never done this before...

-Panos
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Also:

http://www.marcoullis.com/BSOD/BSOD.jpg

I get this everytime I try and install WS2003...

-Panos
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That's no problem.

You can boot from the server CD, then press F6 at the beginning of the text setup.  You need to provide the hard drive controller drivers for server.

You should be able to download the storage controller drivers from HP's site, then provide them on Floppy disk after hitting F6.

Make sure you install server to the second partition - you'll have a chance to select this part way through the text setup.

1)  Insert the Server CD.
2)  Boot from the CD.
3)  Press F6 at the start of the text setup (you'll see the F6 prompt briefly at the bottom of the screen).
4)  Put the floppy in with the storage controller driver you downloaded and extracted.
5)  Carry on with the installation.
6)  Select the second partition for the installation.
7)  Follow the Wizards.

When it's done you will see both OSes in the Boot Loader.

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Do they have to be on a floppy disc? Can they be on a CD-Rom? I don't have a floppy disc drive...

-Panos
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Unfortunately, you need a floppy for text setup to read.  If you have a USB floppy it will work provided you enable USB Legacy Support in the BIOS.

You can try a USB memory stick - but I'm not certain that is implemented yet (it's coming with Vista and Longhorn).

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"If you have a USB floppy it will work provided you enable USB Legacy Support in the BIOS."

Please explain how to do this...
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Here are some more details about my system:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareList?lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&product=1818344&sw_lang=8&lang=en&os=228

I finally looked everything up...

So Netman66, are you saying that I should put all these drivers on Floppy Disks, then install all of them pressing F6 before the main installation begins (just prior to BSOD)?

And please explain how to enable USB legacy sypport in the BIOS like you mentioned...

-Panos
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You only need the mass storage controller (which doesn't appear there as a separate download).

In your XP installation, find out what the IDE controller is and go to the vendor (probably Intel) to find the Server 2003 driver for this controller.

You only need the SATA/IDE controller driver to feed the F6 prompt with - that's all.  The rest of the drivers can be installed after Server is up and running.

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"In your XP installation, find out what the IDE controller is and go to the vendor (probably Intel) to find the Server 2003 driver for this controller."

How do I do this?

-Panos
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Right-click My Computer and select Manage.
Select Device Manager.
On the right, look for IDE controller.
Right-click the controller and select Properties.

There should be some information on what type of controller it is.  You may need to look at the driver details to get more info.

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I went to:

Control Panel > System > Hardware > Device Manager > IDE/ATAPI Controllers

At this there is the "Intel (R) 82801G (ICH7 family) Ultra ATA Storage controllers - 27DF"

Is this what I need the driver for to put on the floppy disc to install before installtion begins for Server 2003?

-Panos
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Also I have not gotten your response on this issue...

"If you have a USB floppy it will work provided you enable USB Legacy Support in the BIOS."

Please explain how to do this...

-Panos
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Yes.

See if you can find this driver.  Extract it to floppy and use it for the F6 procedure.

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Sorry, forgot that.

During POST you should see an option to enter setup (press DEL or F10, something like this).

In there you want to look for an option to enable USB Legacy Support.

Please try the floppy drive first as it may already be set.  If it doesn't work then try the above steps.

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Well I have to go out and buy a USB drive unfortunately... I don't own one. What do you mean by "During POST..."?

-Panos
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http://downloadfinder.intel.com/scripts-df-external/Support_Intel.aspx

Can you help me navigate through their website? I did a search for the driver, and nothing came up... I can't use the navigation menu b/c I am not even sure what I am looking for to be honest.
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http://downloadfinder.intel.com/scripts-df-external/Product_Search.aspx?lang=eng&Prod_nm=Ultra+ATA+Storage+&x=22&y=6

I am screwed... they don't seem to make the driver for Server 2003...

:-(

Panos
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This PC is really not meant for Server 2003.  Do me a favour, in Device Manager look at the Driver Details for the controller.  List every file by name here in the post.

I will extract the Chipset driver and see if they are all available.  If they are, you can save them to floppy individually and this may work.

A USB floppy is not all that much money - about $40 or so.

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You CAN use Virtual PC.  I have numerous builds installed on VPC running on XP Pro.

Maybe that might be a better fit.

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Are you using a USB CDROM drive to install this with?

If so, you may be seeing this:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/883114/en-us

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