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Last Updated On: 08/05/2004

Windows NT Installation

Installation using the Windows NT Setup disks

Insert the Windows NT Setup Boot disk #1 into floppy drive A:, start the computer, and insert the Windows NT CDROM into the CDROM drive. The Windows NT Setup process begins with hardware detection.

At the end of the hardware detection phase, Setup asks for Setup Disk #2. Insert disk #2 and press Enter.

Press Enter again to "set up Windows NT."

Setup then displays the mass storage detection screen. You have two options:

  1. Press Enter to continue with detection (recommended),
  2. Skip mass storage device detection (allows the user to manually specify devices that are not automatically detected by Windows NT Setup).

Setup then asks for Setup Disk #3.

A list of detected devices is displayed. If Setup did not detect all devices, you are given the opportunity to specify additional devices. Press "S" to specify additional devices.

Setup then displays a license agreement. Page down to the end of the agreement, and press F8 to accept. A list of detected hardware is then displayed. Press Enter to accept the list and continue.

If the hard drive partition to which NT will be installed is already created and formatted, then press Enter to continue. Otherwise, You are given the option to create a partition by pressing "C".

If you choose to create a partition, you will be prompted to format the newly created partition.

Select the directory on your hard drive to which Setup will copy the Windows NT files, and press Enter. If a previous installation of Windows NT is detected the default directory will not be \WINNT.

Before copying files to the hard drive, Setup runs a comprehensive examination of your computer's hard disks (recommended). You may bypass this test by pressing ESC.

This concludes the DOS based portion of Windows NT Setup; Setup asks to reboot the computer.

At this point, the computer reboots and displays the three typical boot screens (see the section entitled "Boot Sequence Screen Shots" for boot sequence images). Then, the graphical portion of the setup process begins. The graphical portion of Setup asks for typical user specific information, product ID, and network setup and configuration information. Follow these steps to finish the graphical portion of setup:

  1. Click "Next" to "Gather information about your computer".

  2. Choose "Typical" installation, and click "Next".

  3. Enter name and organization information, and click "Next".

  4. Supply the Product ID number, and click "Next".

  5. Enter the computer name (this name will identify the computer on a network), and click "Next".

  6. You must then supply the password for the Administrative account. This password may be left blank. Click "Next" to continue.

  7. Setup then asks to create an Emergency Repair Disk (recommended). Choose the radio button for "Yes, create…" or "No, do not…", and click "Next".

  8. Now, choose the option components to be installed. Choose "Install most common components" to install the most frequently used applications included with NT. The is the recommended choice. Click "Next" to continue.

  9. Click "Next" to install Windows NT Networking.

  10. Click the radio button for "Do not connect this computer to a network at this time", or "This computer will participate on a network". If the later is chosen, place a check in one of the check boxes next to "Wired to a network", or "Remote access to the network". Then, click "Next".

  11. Windows Setup will then attempt to detect a network adapter. If the computer does not contain a network adapter, click "Next". Otherwise, Click the button labeled "Start Search" to have Setup automatically detect any installed network adapter. After Setup detects installed network adapters, click "Next".

  12. Select the preferred network protocol from the displayed list (TCP/IP, NWLink IPX/SPX compatible, or NetBEUI) by placing a check next to the protocol. Click "Next" to proceed.

  13. Click "Next" to install the selected network components.

  14. To start the network (and complete the installation of Windows NT Networking), click "Next".

  15. Choose whether the workstation will participate in a workgroup or a domain by choosing the appropriate radio button.

    Note: When selecting domain, you will need to create an account on the domain. This requires that you check the box for "Create a Computer Account in the Domain", then supply the administrative password for the domain.
  16. Click "Next" to finish the Windows NT Setup.

  17. Enter the date and time in the Date/Time Properties dialog box, and click OK.

  18. Select the appropriate display properties from the Display Properties dialog box, and click OK.

  19. Windows NT setup then copies some files, saves configuration data, and asked to reboot. Click the "Restart Computer" icon.

  20. At this point, the computer restarts, and displays the three DOS-based boot sequence screens (see the section entitled "Boot Sequence Screen Shots).