Installing Windows 2000 on Parallels - Command Window warning

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by keithh, Jun 11, 2008.

  1. keithh macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2008
    Installing Windows 2000 on Parallels I don't see the Installation Assistant screens that Parallels documentation refers to. Instead it opens up a DOS Command screen. Someway through the installation process, it stops and gives the following warning screen. Am I about to wipe my whole hard drive including the MAC files

    Setuphas determined that your computers startup hard disk is new or been erased, or that your computer is running an operating system that is incompatible with Windows 2000

    (some more)

    If your computer is running an O.S. that is incompatible woth W2000, continuing Setup may damage or destroy the existing O.S.

    To continue press C
    CAUTION : any data currently on your startup hard drive will be lost

    To quit Setup, press F3


    What do I do next - patently I am very nervous because the installation is not following/displaying the Installation Assistant. if I press C to continue installing W2000 and it wipes my MAC I will be somewhat distraught to say the least and will probably say Oh bother or something like that!!
  2. chscag macrumors 68030


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    The message is probably referring to the virtual hard drive created by Parallels for the installation of Win 2000. However, no need to take chances in case it's not. I would re-direct this question to the experts who hang out in the Parallels public forum:

  3. kkat69 macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    No doubt, head to the Parallels forums. However I honestly believe it's the virtual disk it's referring to. It does not and should not have access to host systems during that point.

    It might have something to do with the way parallels formated the virtual disk and it's just normal procedure during the win2k installation when something like this occurs.

    I haven't installed win2k in years so I can't remember what happens during an installation condition such as that.
  4. Trip.Tucker Guest

    Mar 13, 2008
    Thats a normal and expected warning. This is because you have created a virtual disk and its clean. Just continue on, no harm will come to the Mac partition. :)
  5. bryllenavea macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2008
    what happend?

    what happend?did u install it already?what happend to the mac?pls reply fast
  6. keithh thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2008
    It worked fine and I have been using it successfully ever since.

    Best of luck


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