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Start Setup from the CD on a computer running Windows

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To start Setup from the CD on a computer running Windows

  1. Insert the CD in the drive.

  2. To begin Setup, do one of the following:

    • For a computer running any version of Windows other than Windows 3.x, wait for Setup to display a dialog box.

    • For a computer running Windows 3.x, use File Manager to change to the CD-ROM drive and to change to the I386 directory, and then double-click Winnt.exe.

  3. Follow the Setup instructions.


  • To run Setup for an upgrade, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure. For more information, see Default local groups, Default groups, and Using Run as.

  • If you are running Setup on a computer running Windows 3.x or MS-DOS, for best efficiency, use disk caching. Otherwise, the Setup process (started from Winnt.exe) could take a long time. To enable disk caching on a computer running Windows 3.x or MS-DOS, you can use SMARTDrive. For information about SMARTDrive, see the documentation for Windows 3.x or MS-DOS.

  • Setup works in several stages, prompting you for information, copying files, and restarting.

  • For information about unattended Setup, see Related Topics.

  • If you have a mass storage controller (such as a SCSI, RAID, or Fibre Channel adapter) for your hard disk, see Related Topics for information about how to ensure that the controller driver file is available to the Setup program.

  • If you have specialized hardware requiring a custom hardware abstraction layer (HAL) file supplied by your computer manufacturer, see Related Topics for information about how to make the HAL file available during Setup.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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