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1.1. Create Setup diskettes to install Windows 2000 or the Recovery Console

The Windows 2000 Setup diskette set enables you to install Windows 2000 on systems that can't access the CD-ROM drive without a driver, such as systems that don't support boot from CD and don't have an existing operating system installed. You also can use the Setup diskette set to install and run the Recovery Console if you have a problem booting Windows 2000. The Recovery Console is a command-line environment much like the command console you can run within Windows 2000, but with a limited command set. The Recovery Console is indispensable for repairing problems that prevent a normal boot. See Section 1.9 for a more detailed description of the Recovery Console.

Unlike Windows NT, Windows 2000 does not come with a set of Setup diskettes, but the Windows 2000 CD does include the files necessary to create them. If you're making a disk set because you're having trouble booting Windows 2000, you'll need to boot another operating system or use a bootable DOS/Windows diskette with the necessary drivers to access the CD-ROM drive. (You could also make the disk set on a functioning computer.)


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