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Ok, so I was having many problems with my Win98 computer so I decided to "Format c: " :no: and start fresh installing widows 2000 profesional.
...and here is my problem: for some reason when the computer boots-up it says : "starting win 95"

When I try to access "C" I get the message:
Volume in drive C has no label
Volume Serial Number is 260B-15E7

Directory of C:\
file not found

I have windows95 and win2000 cd but I cant get the computer to see them.

I have the win98 boot disk & start up disk but it just takes nowhere :-(

so, as you can see Im really confused.

How do I install windows 2000?

please help.
 

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Your problem is caused by the way you formatted your c drive.

But not to worry.

BTW i hope you backed up your data!

Anyways you need to create a set of 2000 installation disks. If you have them good. If not you need to insert your installation disk into an other computer and find the folder that contains the program to create the disks. Plus youll need 4 floppy disks

Just insert disk 1, boot the computer and follow the instructions. When it asks where to install 2000 you neet to make sure to create a new NTFS partition.
 

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for the 2000 disk, you should be able to boot from cd...

you'll have to go into the CMOS and tell it to boot from cd-rom.


this should work, unless you have a pre-133 mhz machine.

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>>>BTW i hope you backed up your data!

...I dont really care about any of my personal files I had in my computer...if these are the files you are talking about ( I hope )


>>>Anyways you need to create a set of 2000 installation disks. If you have them good. If not you need to insert your installation disk into an other computer and find the folder that contains the program to create the disks. Plus youll need 4 floppy disks

(usinng another computer) just insert the 2000 disk "explore cd" and find the folder...correct?


<<<<for the 2000 disk, you should be able to boot from cd...

I went to the set-up BIOS and I have the setting:
CDROM, A
but when it starts it just goes into the A :confused:

The computer is PII 350mhz

Thanks for all the help, I hope I can get back working
 

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sounds like your cd-rom may have died...

im not sure however...

my girlfriend has a pII 350, and hers has the boot from cd option like yours, but it will not recognize any cd rom that is not on the primary channel.

maybe you do need a set of boot disks.

i only suggest this because it is not booting from cd.

you can stick the cd into a different machine, and set it to boot from cd (dont worry, it will give you the option to make boot disks BEFORE it makes any changes to your system) and make a set of boot disks, and it will take 4 floppy disks

or, www.bootdisk.com has bootdisks for almost all operating systems.

hope this helps

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.......using another computer I created the 4 floppy disks and I installed W2000, everything seem to be working ok but when I start the computer I see the screen "Starting windows 2000" but on the following screen "Starting up" the meter bar goes about 1/2 way...stops for about a minute, then after that, the meter bar goes all the way to the end and then the screen goes black...and this is where Im stuck again...with a black screen.

Any ideas of what I did wrong installing the prograam ?

Thanks again
 

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..just to add - during W2000 start-up I went into Advanced set-up (F8) and I click on start on Enable VGA mode and it started ok. Do you think has to do something with the monitor Im using ?

I also noticed that I have two local drives:

C= 7.82 MB
D= 7.79 GB
 
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Sounds like there are two partitions on there with OS's on them.

You should try Wrting zeros to the drive by looking at this thread............:winkgrin:

Then loading the OS from scratch.
 

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...thanks, is this going to fix my "black screen" problem or is this a different issue ?
 

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would it be easier if I just format my hard-drive and start over ?

I thought I had it right when W2000 installed with no errors

....very confufed here....


help :-(
 
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Writing zeros will clean any remnants of older installs off of the hard drive and restore it rather closely to store bought conditions.

Then boot to your Win2K CD by setting up your bios to boot from CD-Rom first.

If your W2K is an uprade version you will need to show ownership of a prior OS by showing it your W95 CD.
 

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so I created the boot disk from PowerMax and some of the options are:
"low level format ( full )" and
"low level format ( quick )"

Should I pick "low level format ( full )" ?
 

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...ok, I ran the program (FULL) and now Im re-installing W2000 and I think this is where I need to make a choice and I need your help to decide.

During set-up I have the following but I dont know what to do next:
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Windows 2000 Profesional Set-up

The following list shows the existing partition and unpartitioned space on this computer

Use the UP and DOWN ARROW keys to select an item in this list

- To set up Windows 2000 on the selected item, press ENTER

- To create a partition in the unpartitioned space, press C

- To delete the selectd partition, press D

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8009MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on atapi

unpartition space 8009MB
(just want to add that this is the only item showing)

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ENTER= Install C=Create partition F3=Quit
 
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