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Creating Boots Disks for Windows 2000

The procedures for creating setup and network boots disks have changed in Windows 2000. If you need to create a boot disk for installation or disaster recovery, you'll find all the resources you need right here.
 

Startup Boot Disks

How to Create Setup Boot Disks for Windows 2000 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 197063. The "winnt /OX" and "winnt32 /OX" commands that are used to create Setup boot disks with Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 and earlier do not work with Windows 2000.

How to Create Windows NT Boot Floppy Disks 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 131735 In Microsoft Windows NT version 3.51 or 4.0, you can use the Winnt.exe or Winnt32.exe file located in the /I386 installation directory on the CD-ROM to create a set of Windows NT boot floppy disks.

How to Create a Windows 98 Boot Disk After You Upgrade to Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 255292 - This article describes the method to create a Windows 98 boot disk after you upgrade your computer to Windows 2000.

How To Guard Against Boot Failure With a Windows NT Boot Disk
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 101668 When Windows NT is installed on a computer that has an Intel x86-based processor and the boot record for the active partition or files required to boot Windows NT becomes corrupted, it is not possible to boot Windows NT or any other operating system on that computer.  To guard against this situation, create a Windows NT boot disk when you install Windows NT on the computer. This disk is different from an MS-DOS boot disk because the entire Windows NT operating system cannot fit on one disk as MS-DOS can. A Windows NT boot disk contains the files necessary to start the operating system with the remainder of the Windows NT system files installed on the hard disk drive


Network Boot Disks

How to Create a Network Installation Boot Disk
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 142857 This article explains how to add an NDIS driver for Network Interface Cards (NIC) that were not originally included in the Network Client Administrator.

How to Create an MS-DOS Network Startup Disk in Windows 2000  
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 252448 - Windows 2000 does not contain an equivalent to the the Network Client Administrator tool that is included with Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0. The Network Client Administrator tool is used to create a MS-DOS network startup disk.

How to Make an MS-DOS 5.0 Boot Disk with Windows NT/2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 102901 - It is possible to make an MS-DOS bootable disk when running Windows NT/2000 if MS-DOS version 5.0 is being used on drive C. If a machine running Windows NT has any other version of MS-DOS installed, the error message "Incorrect DOS Version" will be returned when attempting the SYS or FORMAT A: /S commands.

Network Boot Disk Creation FAQ
Automated Network Card Detection Notes from AppDeploy.com


Misc.

Creating a Boot Disk for an NTFS or FAT Partition
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 119467 - Describes how to create a Windows NT boot disk to access a drive with a faulty boot sequence on an Intel x86-processor-based computer.

How to Create a Windows 98 Boot Disk After You Upgrade to Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 255292 - This article describes the method to create a Windows 98 boot disk after you upgrade your computer to Windows 2000.

How the Remote Installation Boot Disk Works
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 242920 - This article describes how the Remote Installation Boot disk works.


Troubleshooting

Error Message Installing Windows 2000 from an MS- DOS Boot Disk
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 228218 - If you start your computer using an MS-DOS boot disk and try to run the Winnt.exe program to install Windows 2000, you receive the following error message:

Garbage Characters Are Displayed When Creating Windows 2000 Boot Disks in Windows 98
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 279258 - When you attempt to create boot disks for Windows 2000 in Windows 98 by using the Makeboot.exe utility, garbage characters are displayed on the screen. However, if you press ENTER, you are able to create the boot disks.

How to Troubleshoot Windows NT Boot Floppy Disk Problems
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 130087 This article describes how to troubleshoot problems you may encounter when you create or use Windows NT boot floppy disks.


 

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