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stewart martin
Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2002 - 1:26 pm:   

I am trying to re-install Windows 2000 on my computer because it's not booting up all the way like before. I suspect a driver but can't figure out which one. So when I boot the computer with the cd in the drive the computer ignores it and starts Windows thats already installed.
I've selected the cd as the first boot device in the BIOS but it doesn't start the install program. Is there a way to re-install from the cd or should I start from scratch? The hard drive doesn't have much data on it, mostly music files so I wouldn't object to starting over. And if this is the case how would I do that? Any help is greatly appreciated!
Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2002 - 4:28 pm:   

well, you can save your data to a cd or another drive, assuming you want to reinstall. you can make bootdisks from the win 2k cd. you'll need 4 floppys, when you restart after, with the first floppy in, it will go to the setup program which will allow you to repartition the drive, and format, then it will go back through the install process. there you go.

here's how to make the boot disks:

insert the win2k cd in the drive, explore to

(i'm using E:\ drive as an example)

and run the program MAKEBOOT.EXE

it will prompt you to insert the floppies as needed and copy the install files. then once you're done, restart with the first floppy in the drive. you'll leave the win 2k cd in the cd drive through this, btw. this is assuming you have win2k pro. if not, do a search on the cd for makeboot.exe and run it.
stewart martin
Posted on Sunday, July 14, 2002 - 1:42 am:   

Thanks for the answer but the reason I'm re-installng is because I get the machine to do anything to begin with. Is there a way to re-install Win2000 without doing that step? Thanks
Posted on Sunday, July 14, 2002 - 9:58 am:   

if the cd doesn't work, this is what you have left to do. the boot disk utility is there specifically for problems reading the cd on some machines, or in such a situation as yours. you can keep trying to get it to work, but if it doesn't, i wouldn't waste my time with it, i'd just suck it up and make the boot disks and go on.

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