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Boot Disk | Windows 2000 Main Page |

General Information

Note : for information on Multiple-Boot with Windows 2000 professional see the KB article Q217210 at the Microsoft site.

The boot disks are used to start the computer when you are having problems.

There are a total of 4 disks used in booting. These disks are created on any computer running windows. You need to place a Windows 2000 CD disk in the CD-ROM drive, then using a DOS prompt run the Makeboot.exe file as shown below.

The boot disks can also be used in installing Windows 2000 on a new hard drive. After booting with these disks,  the computer will be able to read a CD-ROM drive, and also present you with options for formatting the hard drive and finally allow you to install Windows 2000 on the system.

How to...

To create a set of Setup boot disks, run Makeboot.exe from the Bootdisk folder on the Windows 2000 CD-ROM:

This operation is done under a DOS mode window (DOS prompt)

You will need 4 blank formatted diskettes for this operation

  1. Insert the Windows 2000 CD-ROM in the CD-ROM drive.
  2. Click Start, and then click Run.
  3. In the Open box type 
    :\bootdisk\makeboot.exe a:
     and then press ENTER, where drive is the letter of your CD-ROM drive.
  4. You will be prompted to insert the 4 diskettes, one at a time.
  5. When all 4 diskettes are created you will get the message 
    "The setup boot disks have been created successfully".
  6. Remove the last diskette and close the DOS window

NOTE: You do not need to be running Windows 2000 to create the Setup boot disks. For example, you can start your computer with a Windows 98 Startup disk, and then run the Makeboot.exe file from the Windows 2000 CD-ROM






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