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Posted on Thursday, June 8, 2000 - 1:39 pm:   

I admit, I am struggling to learn how to install NT from DOS. (Basic stuff, huh?!)

I have an older computer that was given to me. The hard drive has been completely formatted (I can't even get a DOS prompt). So, I first need to know how/where I can get DOS drivers. Secondly, I have the CD drivers on disk that I downloaded from the internet. (although it is an old 6x speed CD Rom) I just purchased NT 4.0 online, but I bought a used copy and it only came with the CD and no 3.5" startup disks.
I guess my question is this.....where do I go from here? I have been playing around with it, but I feel like I need to get some specific software (start up disks) before I can accomplish anything. I just don't know where to go?
Oh, I do have access to a computer at work that uses NT 4.0. Can I use this computer to retrieve the necessary files?
Thanks so much for your help! I really appreciate it!
Posted on Thursday, June 8, 2000 - 2:04 pm:   

Ok, if you do have access to a computer that is currently running Windows NT 4.0, from the "Run" line, type in "WINNT32 /OX" (without the quotes). This should allow you to recreate the 3 startup disks.

If you are installing Windows NT 4.0 Server, then the CDROM is bootable (workstation is not).

You can refer to Microsoft's Technical Support ID # Q126690 for more information.
Posted on Thursday, June 8, 2000 - 2:27 pm:   

Thanks for your help.

Unfortunately, WINNT32 /OX didn't work. I got the message "cannot find the file WINNT32". I even did a search in NT Explorer and came up empty.
I also verified that I am running Windows NT Version 4.0 here at work.

And, yes, I do only have the workstation software, not the NT Server.

Thanks again for helping. Any other suggestions?
Danny Albers (Danny)
Posted on Thursday, June 8, 2000 - 8:18 pm:   

Let me know if you get real stuck getting these setup disks. For newbies, the setup disks are the absolutely easiest way to setup NT.

I can email you the image files for all 3 disks and a little program that will build them into floppies for you.

Anyway, I will be away till Monday, but if you really are stuck, email me and I will send the files that will build you a set of disks ok?

Good luck.
Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2000 - 2:32 pm:   

Since the computer you are installing to has no operating system or anything else on it, I suggest taking this course.

1. Using any windows 9x system, create a bootable floppy, then make sure to copy MSCDEX.EXE to the floppy (this is *VERY* important, otherwise, although the drivers will be available and installed, you won't be able to access the CD-ROM)

2. boot the system from the boot floppy and choose "with CD-ROM support" ( this will load some generic CD-ROM drivers onto the system, then run MSCDEX.exe /d:mscd001

3. Access the CD-ROM and run WINNT.EXE /ox (you can't use WINNT32.exe because there is no 32 bit OS on the system). This will create the 3 boot floppies.

After all this, boot the system from the 3 NT boot floppies and you should be able to install NT normally.

Hope this helps.
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2001 - 9:55 am:   

Try using WINNT /ox since WINNT32 is for upgrade and WINNT is for new install. Since you say you are using NT at work it would be the quickest way to create the three setup disks.

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