How do I install Windows 2000?

A. Now that the Windows 2000 code has gone gold I thought it would be a good time to go through the steps needed to install Windows 2000. We will look at a fresh Server installation but the Professional installation is basically the same.

Overall the installation is very similar to that of NT 4.0 except there is no PDC/BDC stage as we shall see. In this example we will boot off of the CD as many computers support this now.

  1. Insert the Windows 2000 CD and reboot the computer
  2. The text based portion of setup will start
  3. Hardware will be detected by the setup program and you can press F6 to install any 3rd party drivers needed for disk detection etc. The standard drivers will then be loaded
  4. Press Enter to set up Windows 2000 (other options include R to repair a damaged existing installation or F3 to abort installation)
  5. Read the license and press F8 (you no longer need to read all of it to press F8)
  6. A list of your disks and partitions will be shown. Select/create a partition to install on and press Enter
  7. If its an existing partition a warning will be given. To continue press C
  8. You have the option to install NTFS, FAT or if it was an existing partition leave as is. Make you selection and press Enter.
  9. Files will be copied and the machine will reboot to the GUI phase of installation
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  10. When the GUI phase starts click Next
  11. The setup program will detect hardware present in the machine, this make take a while
  12. The next stage allows the user to select the locales for the computer, click Customize
  13. Under the General tab and select the locale, e.g. "English (United Kingdom)". Also click 'Set Default..' to select the system locale and click OK. Click Apply then OK. Under the 'Input Locales' tab you can also set the default locale and remove US if that is not a required installed locale.
  14. Click Next
  15. Enter a name and organization
  16. Enter the license key for the software and click Next
  17. Select the license mode, per seat or per server and click Next. You don't have this stage for a Professional installation
  18. Enter a computer name and an Administrator password. Click Next
  19. Select the components you wish to install and click Next (e.g. DNS under Networking Services)
  20. Select a Data and Time zone and click Next
  21. The networking components will be installed
  22. Once installed select if you want Typical network settings which is TCP/IP using DHCP or use Custom to enter IP address's, install extra protocols etc. Click Next
  23. Select a workgroup or domain for the computer and click Next. If joining a domain an account for the domain may be needed if an account has not already been added
  24. The components will now be installed on the machine
  25. The Start menu items will be added, components registered and temporary files are removed
  26. Click Finish
  27. The machine will now reboot and installation is complete. You should now configure any components. The first time you logon to a Professional installation it gives the option to create an account to automatically logon as for future startups.

You should now install the Command Console as it may save your life! Q. How do I install the Recovery Console?

To create a domain controller see 'Q. How do I promote a server to a domain controller?'

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