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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2004 6:44 pm    Post subject: Repair Windows 2000 Reply with quote

How to repair Windows 2000 Pro and save all data and program files:
Under normal circumstances this will work:

Insert the Install Disk into the CDRom, and allow it to open the first Installation Page.
It will have options as follows:
Install Windows 2000
Installl Add-On Components
Browse this CD
Exit
Click Install Windows 2000
In the next Window, choose Install Windows 2000 and click Next

Accept the EULA and click Next.

Enter the product key into the spaces provided in the new window, and click Next.

Skip the Options page, just click Next

Setup should now start copying files, and run through the rest of the Installation.

There will be several prompts for information required, such as how a user connects to the Internet, etc. but they will need to know that user specific information as and when it is asked for.
It is a fairly lengthy process, so patience is required. Some parts of the repair/install may 'hang' for a few minutes, but I have not seen an instance which hangs for more than 10 minutes on anything above a 266MHz processor.

If you run into any Installation problems,
Make sure CD-Rom is first Boot Device in BIOS
BIOS is largely self-explanatory, it will tell you which keys to use in order to perform the appropriate function, by using the Up/Down and Page up/Page Down keys to make your selection.

To do this on most machines, hit the del key as the machine boots. This should send you into BIOS.
Find the BIOS Features Setup line, and hit Enter.
Find the Boot Sequence line, make a note of what the existing string is (you'll have to change this back after the repair) and change the string so that your CDRom is the first boot (probably the D drive)
Click Esc
Move over to Save and Exit Setup, and click Enter
When you get the Save to CMOS and Exit message, type y and hit Enter

Your machine will now reboot

Allow the Win2k Installation Disk to open the first Installation Page.
It will have options as follows:
Install Windows 2000
Installl Add-On Components
Browse this CD
Exit
Click Install Windows 2000
In the next Window, choose Upgrade to Windows 2000 and click [b]Next

Accept the EULA and click Next.

Enter the product key into the spaces provided in the new window, and click Next.

Skip the Options page, just click Next

Setup should now start copying files, and run through the rest of the Installation.

There will be several prompts for information required, such as how a user connects to the Internet, etc. but they will need to know that user specific information as and when it is asked for.


Things to remember:
Win2k is old, relatively speaking. But that also applies to all Repair Disks issued with all Generic Computers.
It does not include all the drivers required to load certain PCI cards (certain modem cards are a particular issue), etc, and those cards may need to be removed in order to complete the setup process.
So if you get a lengthy 'hang' time at "Windows is detecting your hardware settings", remove the Installation Disk from the CDRom, shut the machine down, and remove the cards, one at a time, and reboot. You will be prompted to insert the installation disk again.
Rinse, lather and repeat until the installation is successful.
Make sure that you choose the correct Time Zone! Windows Updates will not work if the Time Zone is set too far off.

When you have Win2000 re-installed, the first thing you have to do is go online and get all of the Critical Updates.
The rest of your programs and data should be intact.

Remember: All OEM install (or repair) disks typically contain the entire OS. There is very little difference between an OEM, Repair, Proprietory, or Full Install disk (Other than all the crap that the proprietory disks have.)
So Hewlett-Pukard gives you 6 disks to repair your system? They just spread it out to make it look more important. It's the same OS. More than likely, one of those disks is your OS, and the others are all of their crapware.

Of course, there are numerous oddities and aberrations which will need to be taken into consideration on any repair, and not all of them will go smoothly.

When you absolutely have to do a repair of Win2k, 99 times out of 100 the above will work seamlessly, but the user must understand that patience is critical, and just as it was in high school "read, and understand the directions" when you get a new window.

Hope that helps everyone
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