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Installing a clean O.S.

By jsarinana ·
When I rebuild a computer I do the following, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

For a Win98 computer:
1. boot with win98 boot disk with cd-rom support
2. fdisk /mbr
3. re-boot with win98 boot disk
4. fdisk, delete partitions
5. re-boot with win98 boot disk
6. fdisk & partition primary
7. md c:\win98
8. copy *.* from cd-rom\win98 to c:\win98
9. Remove win98 boot disk and cd-rom and re-boot
10. Run c:\win98\setup.exe
11. Check for latest drivers
12. Install applications
13. Mirror computer using Drive Image 2002 by Power Quest
Any suggestions ?

For a Win2000 computer:
1. boot with win98 boot disk with cd-rom support
2. fdisk /mbr
3. re-boot with win98 boot disk
4. fdisk, delete partitions
5. re-boot with win2000 boot disk
6. Install Windows 2000 and format, partition NTFS
7. check for updated drivers
8. Install applications
9. Mirror computer using Drive Image 2002 by Power Quest
Any suggestions ?

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by Alpha-Male In reply to Installing a clean O.S.

I think you've got it pretty well down...the only thing I do differently is I try to boot from the Win2k CD and delete/create partitions right from the install. There's no reason you can't do it the way you are, however...the only advantage I see isin the formatting and creation of the NTFS partition. When it shows the partitions, I just delete them all then re-partition. I all but exclusively use NTFS...

Good luck...

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by jsarinana In reply to Installing a clean O.S.
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by consult In reply to Installing a clean O.S.

Your procedure is good and works well in many cases.
However, I think youcan cut out several items in the 98 install procedure provided two things.

1. CD-ROM is OEM
2. Bootable from CD

If you can meet both of these try this.

1. Boot w/ 98Boot disk
2. fdisk /mbr
3. fdisk - delete all partitions (remember partitions must be deleted in reversed order. #4 then #3, and so on.
4. Boot from 98 CD. Installer will assume new hard drive, and offer to create partitions for you.
5. Unlessyou need to create more than one partition on the primary HD, go ahead and let the setup continue. It will create the partition and format it fat32 and then it will continue with setup.

For 2000, use the same procedue as above minus use of the 98 boot disk. You can repartition the HD from the install program. One word of caution, if you make the new partitions the same size as the old ones, you may notice residual files. The partition program in Windows 200 write shte paritition after you continue. I usually make the partitions 1 to 8 MB smaller to side step that possibility. I have had no problems doing that. Nice clean insatll.

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by jsarinana In reply to Installing a clean O.S.

Thanks, residual files has been an issue to me before I'll give it a shot and make it 8 mb smaller

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