HOW TO: Install Windows 2000 (or XP perhaps) from DOS without a bootable CDROM

By Rick ยท 44 replies
Jul 14, 2004
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  1. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Just before the Boot floppy finishes loading, the drive letter of the CD ROM will be listed. You must make sure you note this drive letter. It could be D, E or F. If your CD isn't detected by the Windows 98 boot, it will show "no cd roms detected" right away
  2. DanNeely

    DanNeely TS Rookie

    One potential additional step. If you still can't boot your HD after formatting it and creating the config.sys and autoexec.bat files, you might need to create a master boot record.

    If you previously had windows on the drive but just deleted the partition this shouldn't be neccesary, but if the drive was brand new, previously was used for linux, or was totally erased you need to tell the computer how to boot the drive.

    from the dos prompt: fdisk /mbr
  3. exuberant0003

    exuberant0003 TS Rookie

    hi everyone, hope you could help me with my problem in installing windows xp with $OEM$, OEM and i386. here goes, i had my toshiba satellite a10 without internal cd-rom and floppy disk but that doesn't concern me cause i know how to install windows xp on my 2.5 HDD. But then, there's a lot of things i gone crazy and that was during installation lots of dll files have't copied such as FindTarget.dll, FindTarget.inf, LegitCheckControl.dll, MsVirtualCD.cpl,.cpi and i think Vs...or something so, i skipped those files everytime they showed up in a bluescreen where winxp is on the process. And after the installation, an error saying cannot locate C:\D\$OEM$\driversignup.cmd..or something like that...after that the window startup but in a classic does it happen??? me everyone. (i also made unattended file in winnt.sif but same result...)the windows xp did not upload the default theme. framedyn.dll could not startup same with ikernel. a lot of files also missing....does anyone knows how to fix it? thanks! or there's just something to add at the winnt.sif
  4. maddog2160

    maddog2160 TS Rookie

    cannot install 2000

    Rick, I followed your instructions on installing windows 2000. Everything goes fine until I get to where I type D:\i386\winnt.exe then it says wrong drive specified. I know my pc is set to boot from cd rom. I even unhooked floppy drive, still no luck. I formatted my hard drive with windows 98 floppy. The windows 98 screen pops up, but when it goes to c promp, that's when everything stops. Any suggestions will be appreciated as I would like to have windows 2000. Thaks
  5. viovoxer

    viovoxer TS Rookie

    i'm using netbook. no cdrom. no floppy. only available usb pen drive.

    i'm using netbook. no cdrom. no floppy. only available usb pen drive.
    so, how can i install new windows xp bootable from usb pen drive?
    Someone please help me~~~~
  6. trooper_901

    trooper_901 TS Rookie

    Thanx for the post helped me a lot with my laptop
  7. mahesh41

    mahesh41 TS Rookie

    how to install xp without using cd rom

    hi can u help me out in installing xp without using cd-rom
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    How to obtain Windows XP Setup disks for a floppy boot installation

    Otherwise, if this thread doesn't help, then just purchase an external USB CD or DVD Drive
    You will likely need it for other things as well, anyway ;)

    We still require CD/DVD Drives until MS provide Windows Setup on USB Flash drive, which hopefully they do, one day (as standard)
  9. walkermt

    walkermt TS Rookie

    Could someone help please?

    I followed Rick's instructions to the letter - and got to the end with the Windows XP cd running and starting setup. But then I get errors saying certain .sys files not found (I know they are on the disk, I checked) - cdfs.sys for example. I would retry, same error and finally skipped each file.

    Anyway it goes thru continuing to say these certain files not found. . . then copies a bunch of files then hangs with msg at bottom of the blue screen, "Loading files to your computer, please wait". Well I waited for an hour. . . repeated the whole process and same thing.

    I am using a Windows XP cd that is a restore disk for a HP - the computer I'm trying to install it to is also an HP. Have the cd key. What am I doing wrong?
  10. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Try another geneneric OS install disc. Unless the HP OS disc was made for your model HP, it may not work as you are finding out
  11. superty12

    superty12 TS Enthusiast Posts: 413

    Boot from CD

    Then boot from your Windows 2000 disc.:) The title is HOW TO:Install Windows 2000 (or XP perhaps) from DOS without a bootable CDROM.
  12. walkermt

    walkermt TS Rookie

    Okay, so I tried a windows 98 disk -- (went thru whole procedure first). I've installed Windows 98 from this disk onto another machine before, so I knew that disk worked. It went thru the whole set up process even asking for CD product key - then suddenly I get this message on black screen/white letters:

    NTLDR is missing -- what's that? Any help is appreciated

    some additional info - the hard drive had Linux on it and nothing else - I wanted to get rid of linux. So that's why I formated and partitioned again accdg to Rick's instructions.
  13. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Windows 98 doesn't support the NTFS (NT File System) format. NTLDR is part of this. XP does support this file system, but you can always format XP installs in FAT32 compatible with Windows 98. Pay attention when you get to the partition screen. Installing XP you want to use the quick NTFS format
  14. walkermt

    walkermt TS Rookie

    Okay the partition IS FAT32. . . only one primary partition. I don't think there was an option for "quick NTFS" format from the win 98 startup disk. It just asks (something like)

    The HD has more than 512 mb (?) do you want to utilize. . .?? something like that. It's quite long. I chose (y) .. .
  15. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    "I don't think there was an option for "quick NTFS" format from the win 98 startup disk"...

    Once again, Windows 98 does not have NTFS format options. Choosing "large" utilization was ok. Were you able to install Windows now
  16. walkermt

    walkermt TS Rookie

    today i was able to install windows 98 from a disk complete with OEM product key. However, it won't detect a modem (which I know is there - lucent win modem) and has no sound (had soundblaster installed originally. No modem, no sound. . . any suggestions? And can I try to install now from the windows xp restore disk (it is from a HP and have the key). Any suggestions and advice is appreciated.
  17. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    If it is and HP with the original motherboard, go to the HP support website and under the model number, see if you can get the drivers from there
  18. walkermt

    walkermt TS Rookie

    It is strange - no modem detected, no sound card (just the standard, base drivers, I think. I can get the drivers from HP, will try that. thanks.
  19. tillertowe

    tillertowe TS Rookie

    Great, have an old system i need to do this on :)
  20. BILL_S

    BILL_S TS Rookie

    What is the "read only" with this replying section??? I have an Acer that's BIOS locked, this seems relevant. It has something known as Broadcom PXE 2.1, what does that look for to boot? I guess it only works because there's no HDD, once the HDD is attached, it boots only that device!??

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