Installing win2000


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robl

Hi
I'm trying to install win2000 on a pc which had some other windows
version on the hard disk previously (so all the cabling, jumpers, cmos
should be setup correctly for that hard disk) but when it boots up off
the cd, I get the following message "Couldn't open the boot partition
to check for a signature. SETUPLDR: couldn't open drive
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)". I have tried different hard disks
and get the same error message. I have tried a different win2000 cd
(same error) and a winNT cd (very similar message). I looked through
the CMOS and couldn't see an option for "protecting the boot sector
against viruses". All suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks a mil.
 
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D

Dave Patrick

I'm guessing serial ATA drive controller?

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.

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 serial ATA controller in drive "A"

When you get to the point, delete the existing NTFS and or other partitions
found. After you delete the partition(s) abort the install, then again
restart the pc booting the CD-Rom or setup disks to avoid unexpected drive
letter assignments with your new install.

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 these to your new install before connecting to any network.

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


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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

:
| Hi
| I'm trying to install win2000 on a pc which had some other windows
| version on the hard disk previously (so all the cabling, jumpers, cmos
| should be setup correctly for that hard disk) but when it boots up off
| the cd, I get the following message "Couldn't open the boot partition
| to check for a signature. SETUPLDR: couldn't open drive
| multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)". I have tried different hard disks
| and get the same error message. I have tried a different win2000 cd
| (same error) and a winNT cd (very similar message). I looked through
| the CMOS and couldn't see an option for "protecting the boot sector
| against viruses". All suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
|
| Thanks a mil.
|
 
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Pegasus \(MVP\)

robl said:
Hi
I'm trying to install win2000 on a pc which had some other windows
version on the hard disk previously (so all the cabling, jumpers, cmos
should be setup correctly for that hard disk) but when it boots up off
the cd, I get the following message "Couldn't open the boot partition
to check for a signature. SETUPLDR: couldn't open drive
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)". I have tried different hard disks
and get the same error message. I have tried a different win2000 cd
(same error) and a winNT cd (very similar message). I looked through
the CMOS and couldn't see an option for "protecting the boot sector
against viruses". All suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks a mil.
Try some basic stuff such as this:
1. Boot the machine with a Win98 disk from www.bootdisk.com.
2. Run fdisk.exe and delete all existing partitions.
3. While still in fdisk, create the partitons you want.
4. Format the partitions you created.

If this works then you should be able to perform a normal
Win2000 installation with your Win2000 CD. If it does not
then report the results here.
 
R

robl

Thanks Dave
I'll give some of this a try when I get a chance.

Rob

Dave said:
I'm guessing serial ATA drive controller?

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.

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 serial ATA controller in drive "A"

When you get to the point, delete the existing NTFS and or other partitions
found. After you delete the partition(s) abort the install, then again
restart the pc booting the CD-Rom or setup disks to avoid unexpected drive
letter assignments with your new install.

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 these to your new install before connecting to any network.

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

:
| Hi
| I'm trying to install win2000 on a pc which had some other windows
| version on the hard disk previously (so all the cabling, jumpers, cmos
| should be setup correctly for that hard disk) but when it boots up off
| the cd, I get the following message "Couldn't open the boot partition
| to check for a signature. SETUPLDR: couldn't open drive
| multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)". I have tried different hard disks
| and get the same error message. I have tried a different win2000 cd
| (same error) and a winNT cd (very similar message). I looked through
| the CMOS and couldn't see an option for "protecting the boot sector
| against viruses". All suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
|
| Thanks a mil.
|
 
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Dave Patrick

You're welcome.

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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

:
| Thanks Dave
| I'll give some of this a try when I get a chance.
|
| Rob
 

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