Install W2K via CD


To avoid compromising your host Windows OS installations from CD must be complete and the host patched off the network.


This is the traditional method for OS installation. It should be used only when RIS based installs are not an option. CD media may be borrowed from 395 Cory Hall after you have filled out the Computer System Activation/Update Form and received a response from hostmaster.


All Windows machines in EECS are required to be DHCP clients.  There are no exceptions to this policy.  If you require a fixed IP we can configure the DHCP server to assign one to your system, given a reasonable justification.


Stage 1 - Booting:

Depending on your host, you will boot directly from the Windows 2000 CD or a boot disk. To configure your host to dual boot or to perform an upgrade, run Setup from your existing operating system.


Windows 2000 comes with a utility that enables you to generate a set of boot disks and start Setup from the floppy drive. You will need:

  • four blank, formatted 3.5" floppy diskettes
  • a host with a CD and floppy drive
  • Windows 2000 CD

Access the Windows 2000 CD and navigate to the BOOTDISK folder. Run the MAKEBT32.EXE utility and follow the prompts to prepare each disk.


You may need to configure your host to boot from the CD or floppy drive, which usually requires changing your CMOS Setup program. In CMOS change the boot order for your host so CD or floppy drive is the first boot device.


Boot your host from the appropriate drive. Setup should begin automatically, but if not, access the i386 folder on the Windows 2000 CD to run the WINNT32.EXE program and begin the Windows 2000 Professional Setup.


Setting up:

Welcome to Setup:

Press ‘Enter’ to set up Windows 2000.


License Agreement:

Press ‘F8’ to agree, or you can read the whole thing if you like.


Partition Table:

You will be presented with a list of the existing partition(s) on your host.  Since these directions are for a clean install, we will delete all of them, and create a new one.  For each partition on the host, highlight the partition and press ‘D’.  Confirm this choice by pressing ‘Enter’.  Press ‘L’ to delete the partition.  Repeat this process for every partition until the only entry is for ‘Unpartitioned Space’.


To create the new partition, press ‘C’.  Accept the default size of the partition and press ‘Enter’.  You will be returned to the partition table and should see the partition you just created highlighted.  Press ‘Enter’ to install Windows 2000 on the new partition.


File System:

NTFS is the default file system and should be used unless you have specific reasons for needing FAT.  Press ‘Enter’ to accept the default NTFS file system, and the install program will format your drive.  Depending on the size of the partition you created, this may take some time.  When finished, the system will do a quick file system check.


File Copying:

The install program now copies much of the CD to disk, configures a few things in the background, and reboots the system automatically. The system comes back up in graphical mode and continues the installation and configuration of your system.


Stage 2 – Welcome to the Windows 2000 Setup Wizard:

Click ‘Next’ or just wait a few seconds and you will be sent to the next screen.


Installing Devices:

At this stage, Windows 2000 inventories the hardware on your host and installs the correct drivers.  The search takes a while, a flickering monitor is normal.


Regional Settings:

The defaults are fine; click ‘Next’.


Personalize Your Software:

Click ‘Next’ when done.


Your Product Key:

The product key is on the back of the CD jewel case; enter it here.  It is not case sensitive. Please see the helpdesk in 395 Cory Hall if you need help with the Product Key.


Host Name and Administrator Password:

The host is the NetBIOS name, not the fully qualified domain name. This must match the name you requested and hostmaster assigned your system from the Computer System Activation/Update Form.


The administrator password will be used by the local administrator account for your host. The local administrator account is like the root account on Unix. Each host will have its own local administrator account. Passwords should be at least eight characters long and should not be in a dictionary in any language.


Date and Time settings:

The time zone should be ‘(GMT –08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada); Tijuana’. Once the host is added to the domain it will automatically synchronize its clock with the domain controller.


Networking Settings:

The network stack is installed.  After this is done you are given the option to use typical or custom settings. Use typical settings unless your host is not on a DHCP aware network.


Workgroup or Host Domain:

Select ‘Yes, make this computer a member of the following domain’, and type '' (no quotes).  When prompted, enter your EECS domain username and password that you established with the EECS Research Account (UNIX/NT/IMAP) Request Form.


Installing Components:

For the last stage of installation, Setup does the final tidying, cleaning and removes all temporary files.  Setup then installs the Start menu items, registers components and saves the configuration.  Finally, you're prompted to remove the Windows 2000 Professional Setup CD and click Finish to restart the computer.


At this point, you have a fully set up and configured Windows 2000 Professional system. When the system restarts, you'll be greeted by the Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional splash screen and then Windows will launch the Network Identification Wizard.


Stage 3 - Welcome to the Network Identification Wizard:

Click ‘Next’.


User Account:

Select ‘Do not add a user at this time’.

Click ‘Next’, and then ‘Finish’.


Windows login prompt:

Press Crtl-Alt-Delete to login.  Click on the ‘Options’ button and select the EECS domain from the drop-down list.  Click on ‘Options’ again to hide it; it will remember the last domain selected.  Enter your EECS domain username and password and click ‘OK’.  You will be logged in, otherwise, contact Help.


Stage 4 – Patch:

When you got the Windows 2000 CD from the Helpdesk, they also gave you a CD of patches.  Do not put the host on the network with out installing them first.  Put the CD in the CD drive and double click on the installers to install the patches.