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Winnt vs winnt32

Discussion in 'A+' started by Boycie, Mar 12, 2005.

  1. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Can someone clarify the difference :oops:
    Thanks!
     
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  2. Phoenix
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    Phoenix 53656e696f7220 4d6f64

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    that ones easy, winnt is run from dos, winnt32 is run from within windows :)


    as for the setup vs winnt one, err, its been a while, ill have to check, :)
     
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  3. drum_dude

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    It's always better to try and run winnt32.exe where possible. Installing the OS (whether it be clean or upgrade) is always going to be faster in a 32bit enviroment (Windows) as opposed to a 16bit enviroment (DOS)!
     
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  4. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

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    I agree to a point, however, shortly after setup starts, even when using the 32 bit setup, the proceedure will re-boot and start the install from a 16 bit non-windows environment. How else could you format the drive and re-partition it etc?

    Pete
     
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  5. drum_dude

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    Sorry Pete, I think I got that wrong! lol!
     
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  6. tripwire45
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    My understanding is that if your computer already has an operating system and you either want to upgrade the OS to create a dual boot situation, you can boot your computer to the currently installed OS and use the executables found in the i386 folder in the installation CD to accomplish your task.

    You would use winnt32.exe if from a 32-bit mode OS and use winnt.exe if installing from a 16-bit mode OS.

    According to Microsoft: You can also. deploy the installation of Windows 2000 and the Windows 2000 hotfixes to your users' computers from a shared distribution folder on a network. During the standard installation process, Windows 2000 Setup (Winnt.exe or Winnt32.exe in unattended Setup mode) installs the operating system and applies the hotfixes.
     
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