Create Windows 2000 Server Setup Disks

by Wayne Maples [Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]

You can install Windows 2000 with just the installation CD if your PC supports bootable CDs. If you need the floppy setup disks:
  • Format four 1.44MB disks and label them
    • W2K Server Setup Disk #1
    • W2K Server Setup Disk #2
    • W2K Server Setup Disk #3
    • W2K Server Setup Disk #4
  • At a command prompt, change directory to bootdisk on the Windows 2000 Server Installation CD. If autorun is enabled, you will have to respond No when the W2K dialog box prompts you to install or upgrade Windows 2000.
  • If you are using Win9x to access the CD, use the 16-bit version to make the floppies:

    makeboot a:

    If you are using NT or W2K to access the CD, use the 32-bit version to make the floppies:

    makebt32 a:

  • When prompted to insert the floppy that will become the W2K Setup Boot Disk, put the floppy labelled W2K Server Setup Disk #1 into the floppy and press Enter. W2K will write the setup disk and prompt you to insert the floppy labelled W2K Server Setup Disk #2.
  • Follow the prompts until all 4 floppies are created.
To test the setup disks, place the W2K Server Setup Disk #1 into the floppy and the installation CD into the CD-ROM and reboot the PC. The setup program will prompt you to insert each floppy as the loading process continues. Respond to the prompts. When the I Accept The Agreement screen appears, W2K has loaded all the info it has from the floppies and is starting the examination of free space on your HD. If you get there, your installation floppies are OK. Remove them and reboot.

You can use essentially the same process to create W2K Pro setup disks.

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