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MCSE: Windows 2000 Exams in a Nutshell by Paul Murphy, Michael Moncur

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Installing Windows 2000 Server

Windows 2000 can be installed using one of three executable files: setup.exe, winnt.exe, or winnt32.exe. If you choose to run setup.exe, it will determine whether to run winnt.exe or winnt32.exe based on the computer’s current operating system. For Windows 9x, Windows NT 3.51, and Windows NT 4.0, winnt32.exe is used. For MS-DOS and Windows 3.1x, winnt.exe is used.

Both winnt32.exe and winnt.exe have several switches that can be used to give the installation program optional information. You won’t ever need to know or use most of the available switches, but I’ve summarized a few of the common switches in Table 8-1 and Table 8-2.

Table 8-1. Common winnt.exe Switches

Switch

Description

/u:answerfile

Unattended installation using the specified answer file

/udf:id,UDFfile

Allows an ID to specify modifications to the answer file based on the contents of the UDFfile

/s:path

Allows the path of the installation files to be specified

Table 8-2. Common winnt32.exe Switches

Switch

Description

/s:path

Allows the path of the installation files to be specified

/udf:id,UDFfile

Allows an ID to specify modifications to the answer file based on the contents of the UDFfile

/debugX:filename

Allows either errors (debug1), warnings (debug2), information (debug3), or detailed information (debug4) to be copied into the file specified

/checkupgradeonly

Allows you to check the Windows 9x or NT computer for Windows 2000 upgrade compliance

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