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For a Microsoft Windows XP version of this article, see 315242
When you install Microsoft Windows 2000 or Microsoft Windows Server 2003 by booting from the Windows installation CD-ROM or, for Windows 2000, from the four Setup floppy disks, Setup does not prompt you for the name of the target installation folder or allow you to change this name. The default installation folder for Windows 2000 is Winnt. The default installation folder for Windows Server 2003 is Windows. The default installation folder cannot be specified or changed during Windows Setup except in the following situations:
Note Windows Backup (Ntbackup.exe) does allow you to restore to an alternate location, but it does not restore the "system state" in a form that will return the system to a working condition. This is because of the way the system state is collected and then processed later during the restore operation. If your original %SystemRoot% folder was not Winnt because you upgraded a previous installation of Windows NT that was located in a different folder, there is no way to perform a full recovery without first getting Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003 reinstalled in a folder with the original folder name.
Use one of the following methods to assist in reinstalling Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003 in an alternate %SystemRoot% folder.
Article ID: 235478 - Last Review: October 26, 2007 - Revision: 4.4