Windows Installation guide

Hard Drive Setup

NOTE - If you intend to merely install Windows in your current partition then you may skip onto the next step.

Before installing Windows you'll need to prepare your Hard drive for installation of it. I'd recommend using a Windows 98/Me Boot disk for the following procedure, should you intend to install Windows 2000 this still holds true as you can make File System changes during installation, or later if required (Ill cover using the Windows 2000 Boot Disks/CD anyway though).

Insert the Windows 98/Me Boot disk & reboot your Computer. Enter your systems BIOS & set it to boot from the Floppy drive first. Save the change to the BIOS Settings & reboot.

Once this disk has been booted from (To a Command prompt) type in FDISK & hit Enter. Select Yes when asked to enable Large disk support. The following screen will then appear.

The first thing to do is to Delete your existing Installation partition using Option 3 (You may delete more if you wish, although this isn't advisable if you have backed up data on others of course). Once these have been deleted you can partition your hard drive to better suit your needs. If the Hard drive is fairly small (4 Gigabyte or less) then you would probably be best off with just 1. Although larger Hard drives may well be better off with 2 or 3 depending on size.

Select Option 1 in the FDISK Options menu to Create DOS partition or Logical DOS Drive .

Again, select Option 1 to Create Primary DOS Partition. This is the partition where Windows shall be installed. If you intend to only use 1 partition then you should set all Hard drive space to this partition.

Use Option 2 (Create Extended DOS Partition) to create any extra partitions if necessary.

Finally, in the main FDISK Options menu ensure with Option 2 that the Primary partition (PRI DOS) is set to Active.

Exit FDISK & type EXIT & hit Enter to reboot your system.

Once more allow the Boot disk to take you to a Command Prompt. Type in FORMAT x, where x specifies the partition to be formatted. I'd recommend you do this to each of the partitions you created. Now type in EXIT & hit Enter to reboot your system to move onto the next step, installing your Operating System.

Should you intend to use the Windows 2000 Boot Disks/CD use the following procedure instead.

Insert the Windows 2000 Boot disk or CD & reboot your Computer. Enter your systems BIOS & set it to boot from the Floppy (Or CD Drive ) drive first. Save the change to the BIOS Settings & reboot.

After re-booting you will have additional installation option available.

1.       Press ENTER to Setup Windows 2000 now.

2.       Next a list of Partitions available for installation will appear. Use the C key to Create a partition in the unpartitioned space as you see fit (Using the Guidelines mentioned before), while use D to Delete the selected partition.

3.       Next comes up certain file system format options for the selected partition. Choices available being as follows;

Format the partition using the NTFS file system.

Format the partition using the FAT file system.

Convert the partition to NTFS.

Leave the current file system intact (no changes).

Id recommend selecting Format the partition using the NTFS file system as NTFS has more benefits than the FAT32 file system (more secure, handles larger partitions better & so on). Much of the extra overhead related to NTFS can also be disabled, although this is covered in our Tweak guides.

Now insert the Operating System CD you wish to install. Should you need to, insert any Boot disk also if CD booting is unavailable. NOTE - Using Windows 2000 Boot disks ensure you have inserted the Disk labelled 1, as instructed earlier.


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