Solved minimum install NT5 to run CMD

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December 22, 2013 at 01:44:38
Specs: XP SP3, AMD Ath 64X2 2GB
I guess it needs:

what else?

maybe rundll?

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December 22, 2013 at 16:46:13
Wouldn't it just be easier to install DOS or something of the like.... You'll need many more files than that to run a full CMD, try doing a "Server Core" installation of Windows Server 2008 R2, it will give you the bare essentials to run a CMD window and run server operations.

EDIT: Server 2008 R2 will give you an NT 6.1 CMD, I'm not sure whether you can do a "Server Core" install with Windows Server 2003 but it's worth looking into.

You've been helped by a 16 year old.

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December 22, 2013 at 19:32:13
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What else?
Much much more.

Any version of NT is vastly more complex than DOS. You can get a functioning command line in DOS with a small number of files. Not so in NT. To get even the most basic functionality of cmd.exe requires a substantial portion of the OS to be operating.

A very conservative estimate would be several hundred files.

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December 23, 2013 at 01:50:53
Thanks for the replies.

I figured it wouldn't be simple; winders never is.

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December 23, 2013 at 02:33:44
I tried HPUSBDisk.exe

and it fired up with everything greyed out.


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December 25, 2013 at 02:00:02
You might want to have a look into "safe mode with command prompt" (which is definitely an option on xp - which you bio says your running). It might give you some hints on what minimal really is.

I think some files need to be patched to run as a "PE" style install from usb as the usb driver might be necessary. The drivers <= winxp reset the connection on initialisation and then fail to boot.

I tried HPUSBDisk.exe

and it fired up with everything greyed out.

There must be a usb flash drive connected for the tool to work(or even un-grey). If I remember correctly this tool with format your stick as 1.44mb if you give it boot files.

I used to use a tool that would just add a boot sector(or something to that effect) so I could run fat32 aware dos off the full flash drive size. Not sure how this would work on the huge sticks of today.

A good site to check out is Especially look at BartPE and the utils page.

Merry Christmas everyone.

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