Saturday, January 07, 2006

Why I hate Windoz, reason #349 retracted

My number of reasons to hate Windoz stays at #348.

I got suggestions from Nuno Souto and Nial Litchfield that maybe I could install Windoz 2000 directly by just popping in the NT CD when the installer asked for it. So I thought I'd give it a try.

I searched around the internet for articles suggesting how I might do this and came upon an article explaining how to use the makeboot.exe program on the W2K CD. Of course, I could only scrounge up four floppies and two had bad sectors so makeboot.exe couldn't use them.

So it's off to Wal-mart to get some floppies. They had one blister pack with 3 floppies for $3.49. I needed four anyway, so I drove a little further and stopped at Staples. Aha, 25 floppies for $3.89. In all honesty, though, they only had about 10 packs of 25 floppies on the shelf. About 6 feet of CD-Rs, CD-RW, DVDs and 2.5" disks, but only 10 boxes of floppies. Are we seeing the ever populate floppy going away?

Anyway, back at home I run the makeboot.exe and create my four boot floppies and start the install. Nowhere did the install process even ASK me for the NT disk. All in all, it worked out pretty good.

Don't get the wrong idea here. I still hate Windoz, but I only have 348 reasons now. (until I install the 2 year old modem tomorrow, anyway).


Howard J. Rogers said...

I am probably missing a trick or three here, but why can't you simply boot from your Windows 2000 CD? If it's an upgrade, it will ask you for the NT disk when it's appropriate, however you boot it.

If you don't have a bootable Windows 2000 CD, or if you have an early one which you'd like to make into one that includes Service Pack 4 ("slipstreamed"), then take a visit to, for example,

That does SP3, but the technique to slipstream SP4 is identical.

Of particular interest and practicality (though its legality is a little less clear-cut!) is the bit on that page where he explains how to eliminate the product key prompt. The "trick" he describes certainly worked for me.

DaPi said...

Thanks Howard, the christiano link was very useful.