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).