Botched W2k and SP4 Installation


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Guest

1. Installed W2k (no SP's) as an upgrade to W98. Went Fine. Also converted
form FAT32 to NTFS.
2. Used IE to download the short file to install SP4. Went Fine.
3. Started the installatio of SP4. While downloading and/or installing,
the DSL modem failed. An error occurred.
4. When W2k attempted to start, it would get to the point where it was
about to bring up the desktop and the system would reboot.
5. Went to another machine and downloaded the full SP4 file and burned a CD.
6. Strarted system in SAFE mode and started to install SP4. An error
occurred.
7. Attempted to use the REPAIR capability of the W2k installation disk.
Appeared to run.
8. System gave a blue screen kmode_esception_not_handled. Vsdatant.sys
9. ...
10....
..
..
18 finally installed W2k again - new installation, did not delete anything.
Installation looks clean. system connects to net. Used SP4 CD to upgrade.

An error in updating your system has cocurred.

I now have two instllations of W2k -
C:\WINNT...
C:\Windows...
I'm told I may have a corrupt disk - blue screen – trying to boot either.

Both installations of W2k give the same error. The error also occurs in
trying to boot in SAFE mode.

Any suggestions on how to fix the problem and remove the 2nd installation of
W2k? I do not want to format the disk because the data files are still in
tact.
I should have backed up….

About 5 - 6 hours has been spent demonstrating my attempt to follow the
screen instructions....

Any assistance is appreciated.

Thank you.

Fred
 
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Dave Patrick

You're better off with a clean install. Upgrades from win9x almost always
fail for any number of reasons.

Yes, I'd clean install after you recover your data from a parallel install.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/266465


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/...CF-8850-4531-B52B-BF28B324C662&displaylang=en


During Windows 2000 setup, at some point, will want to confirm the previous
operating system for the upgrade; at that point you'll simply insert the
qualified product install CD for it to verify. Then the install will
proceed.


Check the pc, mb or hardware manufacturer's web site for the latest bios and
or Windows 2000 drivers for your devices.


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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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The Kat

Any suggestions on how to fix the problem and remove the 2nd installation of
W2k? I do not want to format the disk because the data files are still in
tact.
I should have backed up….

Get a copy of NTFSPro and put it on a CD (or look for Hirens boot disk
in a warez newsgroup).

Delete the /winnt and /windows folders.

Check the disk, preferably with SpinRite.

You really DON'T have much other choice.

You can try to save the data directories you need by copying them
to a new directory off the /winnt and /windows directories, but if
they're already corrupted, you probably won't get anything useful
from them.

Most of the time, a clean install is best, and you SAVE time by
starting from scratch.







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nesredep egrob

1. Installed W2k (no SP's) as an upgrade to W98. Went Fine. Also converted
form FAT32 to NTFS.
2. Used IE to download the short file to install SP4. Went Fine.
3. Started the installatio of SP4. While downloading and/or installing,
the DSL modem failed. An error occurred.
4. When W2k attempted to start, it would get to the point where it was
about to bring up the desktop and the system would reboot.
5. Went to another machine and downloaded the full SP4 file and burned a CD.
6. Strarted system in SAFE mode and started to install SP4. An error
occurred.

Before Acronis!, I did a number of new installs. I had sp4 downloaded, stored on
CD and never managed to get it to work from the CD - not ever. I downloaded it
again and copied it to a CD, it still did not work.

When I copied the file to the drive it was another matter altogether - success
after success. But then came ACRONIS

Borge in sunny Perth, Australia
 
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