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NT install without a cdrom

By junkmail777 ·
My Laptop does not have a cdrom. I would like to install either NT or 2K (I haven't bought either yet) Can I do this, and how?

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by Don Christner In reply to NT install without a cdro ...

You can install over a network from a computer that does have a CD-ROM. You will of course need a NIC in your laptop though. Remember, NT is designed to use in a networked environment. Even Bill Gates says, "If you do not know why you need NT, you do not need NT".

If you just want it for home use, I'd wait for Windows ME to come out. NT just does not support the range of hardware needed for home use. If you want to install NT to learn, then installing a home network is worth it. Doing is a great way to learn.

Don

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by TechStop In reply to NT install without a cdro ...

What would be even better than installing from a remote CD ROM is to copy the files from the CD to a hard disk on the remote computer, and then share that. (The reason is *speed*.)

I think I answered one of your questions last night, and your situation includes a laptop without a usable OS. So you'll want to create a client boot/install disk using an NT Server's Client Administrator utility. That gives you a floppy to boot the laptop. You could then reach the share and run the NT installation. You would then use the /B option to avoid needing to use the 3 NT install floppies.

Hope that helps.

P.S. Just found a web page that describes what I said in more detail:
http://wwwcompass.cern.ch/compass/software/offline/NTCorner/NTFAQ-Savill/faqcomp/ntfaq_20JUL98.html#install17

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by clpadmin In reply to NT install without a cdro ...

All of the answers above are good ones, provided you have:

a) a NIC in your labtop

b) a network or access to a network

There is another way. But this is alot more work, and assumes you have:

a) A working computer with cdrom

b) A working copy of dos 6.0+ setup disks.

Install Dos on the laptop. Copy all of \i386 directory from the cdrom to floppies. Copy them to the laptop to C:\i386. On the laptop, go to the C:\i386 and run this command:

winnt /s:C:\i386 /x /b

Make sure, during winnt install, you dont format the drive. Later you can convert it to NTFS if you wish by using the convert command.

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by shardy In reply to NT install without a cdro ...

The laptop will be a pain , over and over without a cd, unless you get something like
Laplink with a cable.With a single floppie at each computer,you will be able to do easy downloads from one computer to another.

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by e2thell In reply to NT install without a cdro ...

Why not invest in an inexpensive portable external cd player. There are quite a few on the market. Just make sure that the drivers are on disk.

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