Notes on Installing Windows NT

NT can be installed by:

File System Initialization

You can have multiple OS on a PC.

When NT boots, it asks what OS you want to run.

This list can be modified in Control Panel / System / Startup Shutdown

The list is kept in BOOT.INI

You can (and should) modify the time limit.

Creating New Boot Floppies

Under Win95 or WinNT as administrator

  1. Insert the WinNT CD (cancel auto-start).
  2. Under command prompt switch to the CD (E:)
  3. CD \I386
  4. under Windows NT
  5. Winnt32 /OX

  6. under Windows 95
  7. Winnt /OX

  8. Feed the program 3 blank diskettes (last to first)

System Recovery

You should always keep an up-to-date recovery diskette.

To make a recovery diskette

As administrator under command prompt run

rdisk /s

To recover from disasters, reinstall Windows NT and specify Recovery.


Installing NT from a shared CD

With Windows 95, you can share the NT CD.

Under Dos mode:

Installing NT from a Network

Unattended Setup

The answers to the installation questions can be stored in a file.

The unattend.txt file will be read when you use winnt /U

A Uniqueness Database File (UDF) can be used to specify the differences between computers.


Example unattend.txt file found on the NT Server CD

; Microsoft Windows NT Workstation Version 4.0 and

; Windows NT Server Version 4.0

; (c) 1994 - 1996 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.


; Sample Unattended Setup Answer File


; This file contains information about how to automate the installation

; or upgrade of Windows NT Workstation and Windows NT Server so the

; Setup program runs without requiring user input.


; For information on how to use this file, read the appropriate sections

; of the Windows NT 4.0 Resource Kit.


OemPreinstall = no

ConfirmHardware = no

NtUpgrade = no

Win31Upgrade = no

TargetPath = WINNT

OverwriteOemFilesOnUpgrade = no


FullName = "Your User Name"

OrgName = "Your Organization Name"

ComputerName = COMPUTER_NAME


TimeZone = "(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada); Tijuana"


ConfigureAtLogon = 0

BitsPerPel = 16

XResolution = 640

YResolution = 480

VRefresh = 70

AutoConfirm = 1


Attend = yes

DetectAdapters = ""

InstallProtocols = ProtocolsSection

JoinDomain = Domain_To_Join


TC = TCParameters


DHCP = yes