Wrong Disc for Installation


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LEE ROPER

Hi, folks,

My problem is that I was installing win 2k server (sp3) from an installation
disc for which I don't have a serial no.

But I was right in the middle of the installation when I realized I was
using the wrong installation disk. I should have been using my basic win2k
disc, for which I *do have the serial no.

In the middle of the install, I abandoned the installation and tried to
start over, but now my machine thinks it's still in the middle of that
previous installation and will not allow me to run a new installation. It
skips the CD drive on boot-up and goes right back to the point where it left
off. The boot sequence's first drive choice is the CD/DVD drive, but
windows is not running a new installation.

Problem is, I don't have a serial no for that installation disc. So, I'm
really screwed if I can't figure a way around this. .

Anyone know of a solution to this problem? Any help would be greatly
appreciated.

zorbalee...
 
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Dave Patrick

Sounds like you're not booting the CD-Rom. Possibly set the boot order in
cmos setup to CD-Rom first in boot sequence. Also look for the keystroke (if
necessary) at POST to force boot from CD-Rom drive or check your mobo/pc
manual for instructions.

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.

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, folks,
|
| My problem is that I was installing win 2k server (sp3) from an
installation
| disc for which I don't have a serial no.
|
| But I was right in the middle of the installation when I realized I was
| using the wrong installation disk. I should have been using my basic
win2k
| disc, for which I *do have the serial no.
|
| In the middle of the install, I abandoned the installation and tried to
| start over, but now my machine thinks it's still in the middle of that
| previous installation and will not allow me to run a new installation. It
| skips the CD drive on boot-up and goes right back to the point where it
left
| off. The boot sequence's first drive choice is the CD/DVD drive, but
| windows is not running a new installation.
|
| Problem is, I don't have a serial no for that installation disc. So, I'm
| really screwed if I can't figure a way around this. .
|
| Anyone know of a solution to this problem? Any help would be greatly
| appreciated.
|
| zorbalee...
|
|
|
 
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John Mathew

Hi,

I got your points, check this settings one by one and see if anyone get
working.

1)Try to set in the cmos--- check that the cd-rom option is given first
,second floppy and if u r BIOS is allowing disable the HDD boot
sequence.

Now the system definitly ask for boot file from cd or floppy.try a
clean installation from the begining and format the disk.

2)Boot from a Dos floppy having a command prompt.Enter into the drive
where you are installing the OS and remove the WINNT directory.

-->If the system have only one OS then you can delete the boot.ini
file.Start a new installation.

Hope this will help you,

John Mathew
 

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