Any tips for using my Win2000 CD on a system that is looping through safe mode choices?

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StargateFanFromWork

In Win98SE, no matter what was happening with the computer, putting the
floppy in and rebooting would grant us ability to get in a fix things, even
if it was as simple as going into DOS and doing something, or wiping the C
drive and re-installing.

I would like to know if anyone has any recommendations on how to get my
Win2000 onto a computer that is looping through safe mode (it won't now go
into Windows). I stupidly followed some advice forgetting I was no longer
on Win98SE, and I ticked "safe mode" and "networking" on the boot.ini tab in
msconfig in WINDOWS XP (not 2000). This wouldn't bring me into safe mode
either, but now I'm stuck as I can no longer get back into windows, period.

I do still have my old Windows 2000 and I'm wondering on the feasibility of
being able to install it, hopefully wiping the C drive only in the process.

Anyway, any tips appreciated. I started another thread re this earlier but
I think it wasn't clear enough.

Thanks. :)
 
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John John

StargateFanFromWork said:
In Win98SE, no matter what was happening with the computer, putting the
floppy in and rebooting would grant us ability to get in a fix things, even
if it was as simple as going into DOS and doing something, or wiping the C
drive and re-installing.

I would like to know if anyone has any recommendations on how to get my
Win2000 onto a computer that is looping through safe mode (it won't now go
into Windows). I stupidly followed some advice forgetting I was no longer
on Win98SE, and I ticked "safe mode" and "networking" on the boot.ini tab in
msconfig in WINDOWS XP (not 2000). This wouldn't bring me into safe mode
either, but now I'm stuck as I can no longer get back into windows, period.

I do still have my old Windows 2000 and I'm wondering on the feasibility of
being able to install it, hopefully wiping the C drive only in the process.

Anyway, any tips appreciated. I started another thread re this earlier but
I think it wasn't clear enough.

Thanks. :)
Don't you have a Windows XP CD? If yes do a repair install. If you
have no Windows XP CD and if you really want to install Windows 2000
instead of XP just boot the computer with the Windows 2000 CD and when
you get to the disk and partition selection screen select to install on
the XP partition and tell the setup program to format that partition only.

Are you saying that Windows XP booted in to Normal mode but that it
can't boot to Safe-Mode? Try pressing F8 before Windows loads and you
will be presented with different boot options. If your computer has a
floppy drive you can try booting with a boot floppy:
http://www.nu2.nu/bootdisk/ntboot/

John
 
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StargateFanFromWork

John John said:
Don't you have a Windows XP CD? If yes do a repair install. If you have
no Windows XP CD and if you really want to install Windows 2000 instead of
XP just boot the computer with the Windows 2000 CD and when you get to the
disk and partition selection screen select to install on the XP partition
and tell the setup program to format that partition only.

Are you saying that Windows XP booted in to Normal mode but that it can't
boot to Safe-Mode? Try pressing F8 before Windows loads and you will be
presented with different boot options. If your computer has a floppy
drive you can try booting with a boot floppy:
http://www.nu2.nu/bootdisk/ntboot/

John
F8 doesn't work on this box! As I said, both when I did it normally then
after doing the silly boot.ini thing, always looped. Not once would it go
to any other option than to cycle back to the beginning and then to the safe
mode query screen. I tried _all_ the options there but none worked. (i.e.,
safe mode, safe mode with networking, back to last known working
configuration (forget exact wording of that one), etc.) Nothing worked.
And now, even the one that goes to launch windows won't work! Such a simple
thing to fix if I had DOS, probably!

RE boot disk, no go. Another problem, no floppy drive. <sigh>

I'm so fed up with XP and this is practically the last straw that if I can't
find a solution to get out of this loop, will fry XP and install 2000. At
least I had more control over 2000 even if not as much as 98SE.

Thank you! :blush:D
 
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Dave Patrick

To do a clean install, either boot the Windows 2000 install CD-Rom or setup
disks. The set of four install disks can be created from your Windows 2000
CD-Rom; change to the \bootdisk directory on the CD-Rom and execute
makeboot.exe (from dos) or makebt32.exe (from 32 bit) and follow the
prompts.

(Note: If your drive controller is not natively supported then you'll want
to boot the Windows 2000 install CD-Rom. Then *F6* very early and very
important (at setup is inspecting your system) in the setup to prevent drive
controller detection, and select S to specify additional drivers. Then later
you'll be prompted to insert the manufacturer supplied Windows 2000 driver
for your drive controller in drive "A")

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

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

When the Windows 2000 Professional Setup screen appears, all the existing
partitions and the unpartitioned spaces are listed for each physical hard
disk. Use the ARROW keys to select the partitions Press D to delete an
existing partition, If you press D to delete an existing partition, you must
then press L (or press ENTER, and then press L if it is the System
partition) to confirm that you want to delete the partition. Repeat this
step for each of the existing partitions When all the partitions are deleted
press F3 to exit setup, (to avoid unexpected drive letter assignments with
your new install) then restart the pc then when you get to this point in
setup again select the unpartitioned space, and then press C to create a new
partition and specify the size (if required). Windows will by default use
all available space.

Be sure to apply SP4 and these two below to your new install before
connecting to any network. Internet included. (sasser, msblast)
http://download.microsoft.com/download/E/6/A/E6A04295-D2A8-40D0-A0C5-241BFECD095E/W2KSP4_EN.EXE
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS03-043.mspx
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS03-049.mspx

Then

Rollup 1 for Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?amp;displaylang=en&familyid=B54730CF-8850-4531-B52B-BF28B324C662&displaylang=en




--

Regards,

Dave Patrick ....Please no email replies - reply in newsgroup.
Microsoft Certified Professional
Microsoft MVP [Windows]
http://www.microsoft.com/protect
 
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StargateFanFromWork

Thank you for such wonderful instructions! I'll try doing this again.

Dave Patrick said:
To do a clean install, either boot the Windows 2000 install CD-Rom or
setup disks. The set of four install disks can be created from your
Windows 2000 CD-Rom; change to the \bootdisk directory on the CD-Rom and
execute makeboot.exe (from dos) or makebt32.exe (from 32 bit) and follow
the prompts.

(Note: If your drive controller is not natively supported then you'll want
to boot the Windows 2000 install CD-Rom. Then *F6* very early and very
important (at setup is inspecting your system) in the setup to prevent
drive controller detection, and select S to specify additional drivers.
Then later you'll be prompted to insert the manufacturer supplied Windows
2000 driver for your drive controller in drive "A")

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

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

When the Windows 2000 Professional Setup screen appears, all the existing
partitions and the unpartitioned spaces are listed for each physical hard
disk. Use the ARROW keys to select the partitions Press D to delete an
existing partition, If you press D to delete an existing partition, you
must then press L (or press ENTER, and then press L if it is the System
partition) to confirm that you want to delete the partition. Repeat this
step for each of the existing partitions When all the partitions are
deleted press F3 to exit setup, (to avoid unexpected drive letter
assignments with your new install) then restart the pc then when you get
to this point in setup again select the unpartitioned space, and then
press C to create a new partition and specify the size (if required).
Windows will by default use all available space.

Be sure to apply SP4 and these two below to your new install before
connecting to any network. Internet included. (sasser, msblast)
http://download.microsoft.com/download/E/6/A/E6A04295-D2A8-40D0-A0C5-241BFECD095E/W2KSP4_EN.EXE
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS03-043.mspx
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS03-049.mspx

Then

Rollup 1 for Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?amp;displaylang=en&familyid=B54730CF-8850-4531-B52B-BF28B324C662&displaylang=en




--

Regards,

Dave Patrick ....Please no email replies - reply in newsgroup.
Microsoft Certified Professional
Microsoft MVP [Windows]
http://www.microsoft.com/protect

StargateFanFromWork said:
In Win98SE, no matter what was happening with the computer, putting the
floppy in and rebooting would grant us ability to get in a fix things,
even if it was as simple as going into DOS and doing something, or wiping
the C drive and re-installing.

I would like to know if anyone has any recommendations on how to get my
Win2000 onto a computer that is looping through safe mode (it won't now
go into Windows). I stupidly followed some advice forgetting I was no
longer on Win98SE, and I ticked "safe mode" and "networking" on the
boot.ini tab in msconfig in WINDOWS XP (not 2000). This wouldn't bring
me into safe mode either, but now I'm stuck as I can no longer get back
into windows, period.

I do still have my old Windows 2000 and I'm wondering on the feasibility
of being able to install it, hopefully wiping the C drive only in the
process.

Anyway, any tips appreciated. I started another thread re this earlier
but I think it wasn't clear enough.

Thanks. :)
 
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