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ok, I have no idea how to use parted, so you are on your own there.
For 2, mount your FAT (as su) with mount -t vfat /dev/hd* /mnt/win
Change the hd* to your partition, and /mnt/win to where ever you want to mount it.
Then just copy the files over.
For number 3, I have no idea either.
What I have done;
Got and Installed VMWare, and made an *.iso with all the setup files. (K3B is good for this). I then created a virtual machine, and set it's cd-rom to the iso file. You would then boot it up, enter it's pheonix bios with f2, set the cdrom as first boot device, and reboot to start installing.
I also run vmware; it is an excellent solution (though not cheap).
If you want to do a native install of Win2K, you have to fake the Windows installer into thinking that Win2K is going into a clean system. It will not cooperate with the Linux boot loader.
First, create your FAT partition. Then backup your MBR using your choice of tools. Make certain you have a working Linux boot floppy.
Then, working from a DOS boot floppy, do an fdisk /mbr to write a default boot sector to the drive. Also from fdisk, set the partition that Win2K will go on as the active partition.
Then install Win2K. When you get to the point where Windows wants to define partitions and format your drive, tread carefully. It won't recognize the ext file systems for you Linux system; make sure that you only let it format your FAT partition. I would also recommend you allow it to change that partition to NTFS. Make sure you have a working Windows boot floppy for this installation.
Then restore your original boot block from the backup you made.
Finally, edit your Linux boot manager config files to include the option to boot to Win2K via the chainloader. If you are using grub, the lines for Win2K will look something like this (details might differ depending on your actual install location):
title Windows 2000
When you have this done correctly, the Linux boot loader will come up and give you your choice. If you choose Win2K, it will boot straight into it.
If you do this incorrectly, you run the risk of rendering your system unbootable and losing your linux installation. Be sure you have backed up first.
hmm.. since you guys seem to have a lot of knowledge on this subject, could you help me out? I started off with windows Me and mandrake, i wanted to install slack too.... so i deleted this unknown partition that was practically empty.. and made it into free space.... [hda5]... my linux partition, swap , and windows partition was still there [ [ i ddi this in the mandrake partition thingy] ] .. and my linux was fine... but when i tried to boot into WINDOWS.... it wont let me in safe mode or regular or anything.. says something about missing or bad registry files.. run scanreg to try to fix it or something...
Now i know linux is great but you gotta have windows... any suggestions how i will "run scanreg" ? i have the restoration cd's but i cant get into my bios.. there doesnt seem to be a key for it!! i tried everything.. almost all the keys on the keyboard but it wont let me in... could i just like.... copy registry files or something to C:\windows\something.... ?? I dont have a boot floppy but could i make one in linux?? i appreciate all help!
c3cil, I always store essential software on a separate harddrive on my harddrive. Good for clean reinstalls, and CDs get lost.
After a crash, I could install Redhat from a floppy and a network install, but helas, Windows does not offer that convenience. So without the Win2k CD, it is kind of hard to install.... Thus this thread.
I agree that an easier solution is to buy a CD-burner, burn a CD from Linux with the win2k files and off I go. But where is the fun in that....?
if you don't have enough money, may i suggest pricewatch.com A cd-rom drive at 56x costs just 18 bucks. Excelent value. But you might want recording also. A cd-rw at 54-32-54 is 40 bucks. happy shopping