win server 2003 wont boot from dos

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by forcer, Sep 28, 2004.

  1. forcer

    forcer OSNN Senior Addict

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    i just got a copy of windows server 2003 standard but it wont boot from dos, i am currently using winXP and want to format the hdd then do a clean install of 2003 i am on the NTFS file system any ideas why it wont work or how i can get around it
     
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  3. cryogenic

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    Right, you should be able to boot from the CD and then format the HD from inside the Win2003 installation/setup. In doing so, it will warn you that you're formatting a partition that already includes an existing version of windows, just tell it ok and go on with it. Otherwise, it will try and install 2003 server in a dual boot configuration.
     
  4. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    ya, you cant run Windows 2000, XP, 2003 from DOS. You have to boot from the CD.