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install W2K to bootable CD

By jbarlow ·
I want to install a working copy of a slipstreamed W2K onto a CD. Instead of installing W2K, I want it to load and run the operating system off the CD. Is there any other way than to install W2K on a clean machine without any unique drivers installed; and burn a bootable CD from those files?

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by TheChas In reply to install W2K to bootable C ...

I see far more problems than solutions for this one.

First off, you would need to hack the registry to either map the page file to the local HDD, or set it to use no page file.

Next, you would need to stop Windows from updating system files on boot.

Even then, hardware would still be an issue. Even though you can stop Windows from installing some drivers, most of the drivers for the Hardware Abstraction Layer would be installed without any notice.
In fact, unless the H.A.L.s' are identical on any PC you hope to use this on, Windows would likely lock up on boot.

You would have more luck if you used an external USB drive and set the system BIOS to boot off of the USB drive. Even then, if a target PC had a different H.A.L., you can expect problems.


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by ReWrite In reply to install W2K to bootable C ...

I agree with Chas. About the closest you could come to a CD-based os would be something like Bart's PE. Check out this link (maybe you will get some ideas from this):



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by p.j.hutchison In reply to install W2K to bootable C ...
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by sgt_shultz In reply to install W2K to bootable C ...

you guys have the most interesting questions...and answers...
how similar hardware wise are are the machines you wanted to use this boot cd on. your post sounds like you had in mind any pc...?
i am curious why you want win2k as the os?
it is not too hard to come up with bootable 'subset' of os...
as you know, you can run linux off a floppy (see and i have also made a ms 16 bit network client boot disk as you probably have also...but whatcha trying to do with your bootable os cd? test? backup? install? play games?

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