|After installing dos using another computer, you would need to create a folder for the Win 2000 instalation files.|
Actually you don't need to install it.
Disconnect the system hard drive on the computer you using and connect the laptop drive as the only hdd.
Use a Windows 98 boot disk, boot the computer, when promted choose start computer with cd rom support ( I can't remember all the exact wording) but there is an option for cd rom support, do not choose the install option.
If the drive needs formatting at the dos prompt type:
"Remember you need to press ENTER after each command."
If already formatted, ommit the format command and type:
that is to transfer system files to your laptop drive, allowing you to boot the drive.
Now insert the Windows 2000 cd rom and do the following, type:
xcopy i386 c:
This first switches to the cd rom then the next command copies the instalation directory from the Windows 2000 cd to the laptop drive.
Now do this:
That will verify that the directory was created on the laptop drive and the files were transfered.
If all is ok you can now put the drive back in the laptop and turn it on, it should boot into the dos prompt, type
Your Windows 2000 instalation should now be running.
Another thing to consider depending on how much room you have on this drive, is to create 2 partitions, one large enough to hold the contents of the Windows 2000 disk and dos files.
Something like 1gb as the first partition where you keep the Windows 200 instalation disk and install dos, then if need arises you can reinstall from this partition.