Welcome to Microsoft's Windows NT Install step by step using the CD as a bootable media. This will give you an idea on how to do this when and if the time arises for you to either reinstall the operating system, install for the first time or upgrade your present operating system.

  • Well for this I will show you the install for Microsoft Windows NT 4.0. Now follow the following steps.
    1. Insert your Windows NT 4.0 CD.
    2. Set the first boot device to CD-Rom in your Bios, save and exit
    3. Let system boot up.
  • The following "Hardware Configuration" will appear and Windows NT will detect your hardware configuration.
  • Now the "Welcome to Setup"  menu will appear, press "ENTER" to start Install.
  • You will be now prompted to search for mass storage devices (CD-Rom in most cases), press enter to continue or "S" if you have a SCSI device.
  • Windows has found a CD-Rom. Press enter to continue. If you have SCSI devices you will have to hit "S" to specify.

  • Now the NT License agreement, Click on page down until you get to the bottom
  • Now the "Components" menu. The standard setting that NT now picks should be ok,  make changes if needed else hit "ENTER" to  continue.

  • Win NT has now detected your hard drive. This, if it has been setup before will have to be deleted if you are looking to install a Fresh operating system. Press "D" to delete the partition that is highlighted.


  • You are now given your  last chance to not delete a  partition. To continue Press "ENTER"

  • Actually there is another last chance, which appears in the next menu. Press "L" and the contents of that drive/partition are gone.

  • Now the partition  menu appears, Press C to create a partition..
  • You will now be asked size of Hard drive, default is Max space on your hard drive.

  • As we are going to use FAT16 you will set up the drive to any size below 2048mb. Click enter when happy with size.

  • The partition is setup. We recommend that you leave any remaining space until later, when in windows, otherwise you can setup the remaining space by following the steps we just did for the main drive.

  • You will now be asked how you wish the drive to be formated, we recommend FAT for most users, for more security use NTFS.

  • Setup will now format your Hard drive partition

  • You will now be asked where you wish NT to be installed, unless doing a parallel install leave the default and hit "ENTER"
  • The next page will now appear, we advise that you let setup run the tests, hit "ENTER" to continue.
  • Be patient while it examines your system.

  • Setup will then copy files

  • Part of setup is now complete. You will now remove any floppy disks or CD's in the drives and hit "ENTER" to reboot your  system

  • Hit enter to continue from the startup menu.
  • You will now be prompted for the NT CD again, please insert and when  drive is ready click "OK"
  • NT will copy more files....
  • Then when the "Windows NT Setup" screen appears click "NEXT" to continue....

  • Now your setup options, for normal users select typical and for laptop users select portable, then click next
  • Now fill in your name and organization, click on next to continue...
  • Now enter your certificate of Authenticity, click enter to continue
  • Now your OEM number which is your CERTIFICATE of AUTHENTICITY which located on your Windows NT manual.

  • And now enter the name by which you wish the computer to be known, click on enter to continue...
  • And now the all important Admin password, enter it and then enter it again to confirm it, make sure you don't forget it or you'll not get into windows. Or you could leave it blank, then you will not need it for entering windows. 
  • Click next to continue.
  •  Windows NT will now prompt you to make Emergency Repair Disk. It is up to you if you wish to create these, make your selection and click next.
  • Leave the "NT Components" at default, click next  to continue.

  • Now NT Network, click next to continue...
  • The "NT Network" menu shall appear, we recommend you select "do not connect" option and hit next,  you are best setting up networks when NT is installed.
  • Now Click on finish to continue
  • Now select your time zone, click apply and close when finished.

  • Now your display adapter, don't install until you get into windows, so click on "OK" and then "OK" again.

  • NT will then continue to copy files and finally completed, click on "RESTART COMPUTER" to continue, remove any CD's and floppy disks first.

  • After rebooting you will arrive at the login screen, press "CTRL"  and "ALT" and "DELETE" to enter password section

  • Now enter your password and press "ENTER", if you didn't set one just press "ENTER"

  • At last the desktop.... NT Installed, you can now start configuring and  installing drivers for personal use in the control panel

The End




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