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Install Win2k by booting from installation files on hdd

By lacharis
Apr 15, 2008
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  1. I'd read somewhere that it could be done, but when I tried it myself when trying to install windows 2000, i got the "NTLDR missing. press ctrl + alt + del to restart." screen. What I did was extract the cd image to a blank, formatted partition on my hard drive (it was an .iso file) The .iso file was bootable, as MagicISO said it was and i could boot from in Virtual PC. How can I get this to work?

    [ the reason I did this rather than using a disk is that my dvd drive isnt working ]
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Obviously the easiest solution is to buy a new CD/DVD drive

    But using a bootable floppy
    Load smartdrv
    Run "winnt" from the i386 folder
  3. lacharis

    lacharis TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I dont have a floppy drive either. i didnt order my computer with one :(
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    That's Ok, most don't anymore

    Please buy a new drive
    You know I thru away about 20 CD drives !
    Ask a tech shop to sell you an old CD Drive (even 20x speed)
    Usually $10 (or 5)

    Or purchase a brand new writer (with DVD Write) for around $50

    I'm hard up too with cash, but I'd do it (because you need a CD or DVD drive anyway !)
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