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Windows 2000 Setup Disks
Last updated: 10/26/01

Q.  How does one make a Windows 2000 boot floppy?

A.  There are four Windows 2000 Setup Boot floppies.  The first one is bootable.  To make a set of these disks, insert the Windows 2000 CD in a CD-ROM drive on any computer running Windows or MS-DOS with the drivers for CD-ROM drive access.

In Windows 2000, 9X or Me: Start, Run, enter D:\bootdisk\ makebt32 a: where D: is your CD-ROM drive.

In Windows 9X or Me: Start, Run, enter D:\bootdisk\makeboot a: where D: is your CD-ROM drive.

Microsoft Knowledgebase Article Q197063 says to use makebt32.exe for Windows 9X/Me and makeboot for Windows 2000/NT.  Those directions are backwards from what worked for me.

 From a DOS or Windows 98/Me boot/Startup floppy (http://duxcw.com/digest/Fromshop/software/windows/startup/startup.htm, http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/software/windows/winme/startup/page1.html)…

 D:\bootdisk>makeboot a:

Windows 2000 Pro boot disks are not compatible with Windows 2000 Server and vice versa.

After booting to the first boot disk and repair a Windows 2000 computer that won’t boot may be possible with the Recovery Console and an Emergency Repair Disk (floppy).  An Emergency Repair Disk (http://duxcw.com/faq/win/2krecov.htm) should always be made after installing Windows 2000 and after changes affecting the hard disk configuration, etc. are made.  Larry

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