How to Install Xp From Dos?

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How to Install XP From DOS?
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Answered By 0 points N/A #79459

How to Install Xp From Dos?


To start Windows XP installation from CMD follows these steps:

  1. Insert the Windows XP CD drive.

Start CMD. If your computer does not have MS-DOS already installed:

  1. Start the SMARTDrive if it is not already started. Go to the folder that contains the Smartdrv.exe file then type smartdrv and then press ENTER. This will copy SMARTDrive files to your hard disk.
  2. At the command prompt type name of CD-ROM drive (example: “F:”) and press ENTER.
  3. Type cd i386, and press ENTER.
  4. Type winnt and press ENTER. This will start the Windows setup program.
  5. Type the path where the Windows XP installation files are present on the disk and then press ENTER. (example: type “d:i386”)
  6. You will then get this message:

The MS-DOS based part of The Setup Program Is complete.
The Setup program will now restart your computer. After your computer restarts,
the Windows XP Setup program will continue.

  • Press ENTER to restart your computer and continue Windows XP Setup.
  • The XP installation will start as it does from Windows installation.
  • Now follow same steps as for normal XP installation.


Answered By 0 points N/A #79460

How to Install Xp From Dos?


To install Windows XP from DOS, use the following procedure:

  1. Boot with a windows 98 start up disk.
  2. Insert the Windows 98 CD into the CD reader.
  3. Run smartdrv.exe from the Windows 98 directory on the windows 98 CD (file caching).
  4. Type cd.. To back up the root directory.
  5. Insert Windows XP CD into the CD reader.
  6. Copy the i386 folder to C:  
  7. Go into C:i386 folder on C: and type winnt.exe to launch the set up from the hard drive.
Answered By 0 points N/A #196165

How to Install Xp From Dos?


Hello Dear,

Thanks for sharing your problem with us.

First boot your system from windows 98. After this go to CD ROM drive in dos, means if your CD ROM shows drive letter D then type "D:" and enter. First format your C drive. Type "format C:" and then press enter. It will format your hard disk. 

Now type "smartdrv" and press enter.

Then type "cd.." to get off Win98 directory on cd.

Replace Windows 98 CD with windows XP Cd.

And type "cd i386" press enter then type "winnt" press enter.

Windows XP setup will be started.

I hope it will help you a lot.


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