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 PostPost subject: Bootdisks Windows NT 3.5 Workstation (3.50.807.1) [English]        Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:38 pm 
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The FTP release "Microsoft Windows NT 3.5 Workstation (3.50.807.1) [English]" has bootdisks with it that were (quite likely) manually created with wrong options. This makes the installer look for the installation files on the harddrive and not on a CD or a floppy as it should.

This problem is also described here: http://windowsitpro.com/windows/jsi-tip ... tion-setup

By the way: As I did not find a lot of other topics like this, is it ok to report problems like this in this forum?


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 PostPost subject: Re: Bootdisks Windows NT 3.5 Workstation (3.50.807.1) [Engli        Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:11 pm 
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Beluga wrote:
The FTP release "Microsoft Windows NT 3.5 Workstation (3.50.807.1) [English]" has bootdisks with it that were (quite likely) manually created with wrong options. This makes the installer look for the installation files on the harddrive and not on a CD or a floppy as it should.

This problem is also described here: http://windowsitpro.com/windows/jsi-tip ... tion-setup

By the way: As I did not find a lot of other topics like this, is it ok to report problems like this in this forum?

so basically remove winnit.sif from diskette 2?

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 PostPost subject: Re: Bootdisks Windows NT 3.5 Workstation (3.50.807.1) [Engli        Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:24 pm 
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Yes, this way you can fix the problem. Or of course you can just generate new floppies from the CD.

But mainly I made this post to point out that the release is not authentic. The disc images are generated ones. They are for sure not a dump of the discs that were shipped in the box.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Bootdisks Windows NT 3.5 Workstation (3.50.807.1) [Engli        Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:53 pm 
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You may just be able to use a standard Windows 95 Boot Disk. CD to the drive with the installer and run setup.exe.
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 PostPost subject: Re: Bootdisks Windows NT 3.5 Workstation (3.50.807.1) [Engli        Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:17 am 
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dr.thawne wrote:
You may just be able to use a standard Windows 95 Boot Disk. CD to the drive with the installer and run setup.exe.
Hope this helps


It doesn't help because this won't work. If you're starting NT setup from DOS, you have to run WINNT.EXE in the i386 folder first, preferably with a /b switch so it doesn't create its own bootdisks during install. You may also have to lock the system partition using the LOCK command, and running SMARTDRV prior to installation is recommended to speed things up.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Bootdisks Windows NT 3.5 Workstation (3.50.807.1) [Engli        Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:06 pm 
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I have tried to re-create Disk 2 with right options (edited WINNT.SIF), I also restored all dates back to 1994 with Attribute Changer (folder SYSTEM32 have date from 2003), but when I start setup, it rejects (it doesn't want to go throw the setup). I tried with WinImage, but it's not working (I don't know how, but IMG doesn't want to read), so I sticked with MagicISO. I think I used wrong program, but I need a clear solution.

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