I have recently added a wireless card to a friend's old computer running win2000. All went well and after connecting to the internet, I decided to go to windows update for her as she hadnt been connected to it with this machine. I download all 53 updates,microsoft said it needed and now the computer wont boot. It says windows starting and then the screen flashes and it tries again - going into a loop. I can get into safe mode however and there was a query over the graphic card. I tried to download the latest driver but NVidia said it wasnt supported so I have disabled that. Still no joy with the reboot. My other probelm is that I do not think she has the installation disc as it is a 2nd hand machine. Can anyone suggest anything before I own up. When I started this, I just assumed that there would be a system restore but apparently not on Win2000. Is there any other alternative besides a reformat - assuming I can get a disc from somewhere.
Fruitbat: I need more advice on this. I have made 4 floppies and checked each. They have WIN2KP1.exe 2, 3 4 on the disks. However, when I put the 1st one into the disc drive I get the message 'remove disks and press any key to restart'. I guess this means it cant even get to the stage of reading the floppy. I have checked the bootup sequence in CMOS and that is OK. So what now?
You need to extract each archive to the individual disks. Did you follow the guide further down the page? "2. The W2K Pro disks are zipped images from the MS CD. Best bet is to download them, upzip them to a new folder where you also put makeboot.exe and makebt32.exe into and then run one of the makeboot utils depending on if you're in dos or windows to create the diskset. Or, one can use Winimage to just create a single bootdisk. "
Brudle: yes I tried to follow the instructions but couldnt make the utils to work (this is all new to me). So I went to the net and found a site : click here where I could download the exe. files as is. So I have 4 floppies with 4 exe files 1,2,3 and 4 but the computer wont read these as per my post above.
That won't work - you have to extract the archives to disk. The files you downloaded are probably executable archives. Run them and place the contents in folders, format the disks and place the contents of the aforementioned folders on the disks.