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anish
02-07-2004, 04:13 PM
I have laptop with a floppy disk drive and an external CD-writer. I want to completely wipe out everything on the harddrive and install windows. For that I need to boot from the windows CD, but I can't with the external drive. Is there any other way around this?

Elephant
02-07-2004, 04:40 PM
I suggest you boot from a Win98 boot floppy with drivers for the CD drive.

Then you can run the Windows setup from the CD.

Chilling_Silence
02-07-2004, 04:45 PM
Whatever you do, before you actually hit Enter to Format,

Check and double-check that you have access to the CD-Rom from within DOS

Even run setup.exe if you must and cancel it during the scandisk!


Chill.

tweak\'e
02-07-2004, 09:03 PM
its a little tricky without knowning what OS you are trying to install. however the manafacture proberly has a boot disk which will load the drivers for the external drive.

Davesdad
02-07-2004, 09:37 PM
> I suggest you boot from a Win98 boot floppy with
> drivers for the CD drive.
>
> Then you can run the Windows setup from the CD.

That won't work if you if you are installing XP or maybe 2000
Post which version of Windows you intend to install and we can give you specific instuction. Is the external CD USB?

Susan B
03-07-2004, 12:15 PM
> > I suggest you boot from a Win98 boot floppy with
> > drivers for the CD drive.
> >
> > Then you can run the Windows setup from the CD.
>
> That won't work if you if you are installing XP or maybe 2000

Why won't that work with XP or 2000?? ?:|

Davesdad
03-07-2004, 12:18 PM
> > > I suggest you boot from a Win98 boot floppy with
> > > drivers for the CD drive.
> > >
> > > Then you can run the Windows setup from the CD.
> >
> > That won't work if you if you are installing XP or
> maybe 2000
>
> Why won't that work with XP or 2000?? ?:|

XP setup won't run in dos

Davesdad
03-07-2004, 12:22 PM
*A program to ceate a set (6) of boot floppies for XP can be downloaded from Microsoft

Susan B
03-07-2004, 12:27 PM
> XP setup won't run in dos

I'm not with you.

Can one not use a Win 98 boot floppy with drivers for the CD to get to the A: prompt then pop the Win XP CD in the drive and run setup from the A: prompt?

I always thought you could?

Davesdad
03-07-2004, 01:41 PM
> Can one not use a Win 98 boot floppy with drivers for
> the CD to get to the A: prompt then pop the Win XP CD
> in the drive and run setup from the A: prompt?

If you try to run XP setup from the A: prompt you get am error message that setup cannot be runin dos.
Each version of XP has its own boot floppy setup program ie HE, HE sp1 etc.
The setup program can be downloaded from microsoft downloads (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/search.aspx?displaylang=en&categoryid=7). Run the program and it installs onto 6 floppies.
Booting from the floppies gets you to the point where you can enter the recovery console or run setup.
I hope this is clear

anish
03-07-2004, 03:01 PM
I am trying to install windows 2000 and the CD drive is external USB.

For windows XP, after booting with the 6 floppies can I run setup from the external CD drive

Graham L
03-07-2004, 03:41 PM
For Win2000 you will need four floppies. On the CD, there is a directory called BOOTDISK. Run the MAKEBOOT.EXE programme in that and follow the instructions. See the Instructions (http://www.buildorbuy.org/win2kbootfd.html) here.

Test the floppies before you wipe the hard disk. :D

anish
09-07-2004, 03:39 PM
Thanks everyone for their support. Installed windows without any problems.
Thank you all once again.