User:Oldman/A layman's guide/ReactOS installation stages

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Posts like this "I tried installing ReactOS and it froze; help me please" are too frequently seen in the forums from new forum members. So this page was created to help such people communicate to other people, where a failure occurs in the operating system, when installing, so that other people may be able to help them.

Stage one

This stage is the initial installation, where ReactOS is installed to the hard drive and some basic configuration is done.

Booting from the installation medium

When the bios has handed control to freeloader (ReactOS's bootloader) you will see this at the top of the screen (see next image), which times out, if you fail to press a key.

Press any key to boot from the ReactOS medium....
Stage one (Start Screen) Choose to boot from the medium or not

When you press the Enter key at the above prompt, ReactOS starts to load itself into memory. You will then see what is being loaded in the following order.

Booting order:

Loading ReactOS Setup...

Stage one (BootScreen-1) Loading ReactOS Setup

Loading system hive...

Stage one (BootScreen-2) Loading system hive

Detecting hardware...

Stage one (BootScreen-3) Detecting hardware

Loading ntoskrnl.exe...

Stage one (BootScreen-4) Loading ntoskrnl.exe

Loading hal.dll...

Stage one (BootScreen-5) Loading hal.dll

Loading kdcom...

Stage one (BootScreen-6) Loading kdcom

Loading boot drivers...

Stage one (BootScreen-7) Loading boot drivers.

From this point, debug information starts to output to the serial port (com1). It can now be captured through a null modem serial cable and a second computer running a terminal, such as putty. For how to do that, see this guide and to show debug information to screen from this point, refer to this section.

Pre-install configuration

When ReactOS as loaded itself into memory, it starts the installation process and you will come to this next screen, where it initializes.


Stage one (Bluescreen-1)

You are then presented with the first of the interactive screens.


Stage one (Bluescreen-2)


Stage one (Bluescreen-3)


Stage one (Bluescreen-4)


Stage one (Bluescreen-5)


Stage one (Bluescreen-6)


Stage one (Bluescreen-7)


Stage one (Bluescreen-8)


Stage one (Bluescreen-9)


Stage one (Bluescreen-10)

Stage one (Bluescreen-11) Format progress screen (this was too fast to capture).


Stage one (Bluescreen-12)

The actual installation


Stage one (Installation-1) Preparing to install

Installation progress bar
Stage one (Installation-2) Installation progress bar


Stage one (Installation-3) Updating the system configuration

Choose where to install the boot loader
Stage one (Installation-4) Boot loader installation

Count down to reboot progress bar
Stage one (Installation-5) Reboot timer

The operating system now goes down for the first reboot.

Stage two

After the installation stage is completed, it then reboots into this stage, where you configure ReactOS.

Booting the newly installed OS

ReactOS - (Debug) - (RosDbg) - (Screen) - (Log file) - (Ram disk) - (Emergency Management Services)
Stage two (Boot choice)

From the above screen it boots up into the second stage. The booting screen is the same as in stage one, but will show 2 less items.

Booting order (2nd stage installation):

Loading system hive...

Stage two (BootScreen-1) Loading system hive

Detecting hardware...

Stage two (BootScreen-2) Detecting hardware

Loading ntoskrnl.exe...

Stage two (BootScreen-3) Loading ntoskrnl.exe

Loading hal.dll...

Stage two (BootScreen-4) Loading hal.dll

Loading boot drivers...

Stage two (BootScreen-5) Loading boot drivers.

Roslogoboot.png
Stage two (logo booting screen)

After ReactOS has booted, you will see this next window in the middle of the screen.

Installing devices activity bar
Stage two (Installing devices)

Information

Setup Wizard
Stage two (Setup Wizard window)

Acknowledgements window
Stage two (Acknowledgements window)

Configuring the newly installed OS


Stage two (Config-1) Product Options


Stage two (Config-2) Regional settings


Stage two (Config-3) Personalize your Software


Stage two (Config-4) Computer Name and Administrator Password


Stage two (Config-5) Date and Time


Stage two (Config-6) Appearance


Stage two (Config-7) Network Settings


Stage two (Config-8) Workgroup or Network Domain


Stage two (Config-9) Registering Components


Do you want to install Wine Gecko
Stage two (Config-10) Wine Gecko Installer

If you choose to install Wine Gecko, it will download and install it, then it goes to the next screen and will reboot. Otherwise if you select Cancel, it will straight away go to the next screen and will reboot.


Stage two (Config-11)

And now it goes down for the final reboot.

Stage three

This is the final stage where ReactOS boots into the desktop for the first time. This is also what you will see every time you boot a fully installed system from the Boot choice screen, with ReactOS selected; some other options will boot showing different screens.

Booting into the desktop for the first time

ReactOS - (Debug) - (RosDbg) - (Screen) - (Log file) - (Ram disk) - (Emergency Management Services)
Stage three (Boot choice)

From the above screen it boots up into the second stage. The booting screen is the same as in stage one, but will show 2 less items.

Booting order (3rd stage installation):

Loading system hive...

Stage three (BootScreen-1) Loading system hive

Detecting hardware...

Stage three (BootScreen-2) Detecting hardware

Loading ntoskrnl.exe...

Stage three (BootScreen-3) Loading ntoskrnl.exe

Loading hal.dll...

Stage three (BootScreen-4) Loading hal.dll

Loading boot drivers...

Stage three (BootScreen-5) Loading boot drivers.

You will then see the next screen, as it finishes the final stage of booting the system. Roslogoboot.png
Stage three (logo booting screen)


When you reach the desktop for the first time, you will be presented with the New Hardware Wizard.


NewHardwareWizard.png

After using the Wizard or cancelling it, you will have a fully installed operating system.


How to make use of this page

Look through the stages shown above and find the place where the installation failed for you. Then you can make a request for help, by stating exactly where in the installation process failure occurred. You can do that by quoting this guide and then the stage, section and the screen where the failure occurred.

Example:

See https://reactos.org/wiki/User:Oldman/A_layman's_guide/ReactOS_installation_stages#Booting_from_the_installation_medium, the installation froze at BootScreen-7 - loading the system into memory.

NOTE: When making a request for help, always give as much information as you can, and include the following:

  • If using real hardware or a virtual machine.
  • The specification of the hardware or the name and version of the virtual machine.
  • The revision of ReactOS that you are trying to install.


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