Setupldr is the stand alone program that installs NT off the CD onto your disk. The setupldr program copies enough of the system onto the disk to run NT. While setupldr is running, you will see text written on top of a blue screen. At the end of setupldr, the system then automatically reboots and installs the rest of the system with NT running.

Lets run through the various setupldr screens:

  1. Welcome to Setup - Just hit enter
  2. SCSI question - we will just use the built in SCSI device, so hit enter
  3. License - page down to the end then hit F8
  4. Hardware List - The HW list should be fine, so just hit enter
  5. Partition - Need to create a NTFS filesystem on the rest of the disk. Create a large partition out of the remainder of the drive. Select that partition as the install partition and format the partition with NTFS.
  6. Install in \WinNT - This is the standard place, so just hit enter
  7. File system check - Just hit enter

Setupldr will now copy a bunch of files off the CD onto the disk. When setupldr is finished, the machine will reboot, and come up running NT.

NT Setup

After setupldr reboots and NT is running on your system, the NT Setup program will run. Instead of the ugly blue screen, the window manager is running and NT Setup will present a bunch of windows to guide you through the rest of the installation procedure. These windows are called wizards. When you have completed a wizard, just hit Next to move on to the next configuration step. Note that you can hit Back if you make a mistake.

Lets run through the configuration windows:

  1. Welcome to NT Setup - Just hit next.
  2. Setup Options - Choose custom (so you can see what will be installed and hit next.
  3. Enter your name and your company name and then hit next.
  4. Enter the CD key off of your NT package.
  5. Enter your machine name.
  6. Enter a password for your administrator account if you are so inclined.
  7. Answer yes to creating an emergency repair floppy.
  8. Select components (This is the custom part) - Just select all of the components.
  9. Setup network. See next section on networks.

Network Setup

Setting up the network on NT is just as difficult as setting it up on Unix. If something doesn't work during the initial setup, don't panic. You can always reconfigure the network after NT has been installed. Just use the network icon in the control panel. To get to the control panel, hit Start->Settings->Control Panel from the task bar. Select the Protocols tab and then select the TCP/IP protocol. Hit the Properties button to view or change the settings.

First make sure that your machine is connected to the physical network. Then follow the following steps:

  1. Select the wired option on the connect machine to network window.
  2. Hit the Start Search button and the Built in ethernet adapter should be displayed.
  3. For the protocol selection, choose TCP/IP only unless you require IPX or NETBEUI support.
  1. Just say no to DHCP.
  2. Go through all of the TCP/IP properties tabs.
  3. Workstation setup:


During the finish phase, you need to select the timezone, check the date, and setup the display properties you want. Then put in your emergency floppy and create the backup.

Reboot the machine and log into your NT machine as yourself in the domain you set up previously. If during the network setup, you were not able to add your machine to your local domain, just log in as Administrator and try to add yourself to that domain.

Use ping to check if the network is able to use TCP/IP and DNS. Try to ping machines in various domains. Hint: Bring up an MSDOS Command Prompt window to run ping.