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    Triple Platinum Member wumply's Avatar
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    Floppy boot disks for XP (or XPSP2) Home edition

    I just read this at

    "The Windows XP startup disk allows computers without a bootable CD-ROM to perform a new installation of the operating system. The Windows XP startup disk will automatically load the correct drivers to gain access to the CD-ROM drive and start a new installation of Setup. You cannot upgrade from a Windows XP startup disk." Are these startup disks what youl would usel if a boot virus would not let you boot normally?

    Well, I have my XP /S CD that came with my computer. Am I correct that is what is meant by a "bootable CD-ROM"?

    Now, let's say someday I find I can't boot. Is this a situation where I would use the startup disk(s) - 6 of them I guess - to fix things so that I could then reinstall the O/S from my Windows XP CD.

    And going back to my quoted paragraph...why would anyone NOT have a bootable CD-ROM?

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    Well you only need those startup disks if for some reason you lost your bootable disk but you have the windows setup files. Sometimes, vendors will give you a copy of windows xp on a disk but it won't be bootable. Or sometimes your having a problem booting to the cd (maybe the cd is scratched). But your right, usually you would not use the startup disks unless you absolutely had to.

    If you can't boot your system, you should just use your bootable cd and start setup that way. You can then do a repair installation from setup and it should fix your problem.

    The boot disks are a last resort if for some reason, you just can't get your system to boot to the Windows CD.

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    Precision Processor Super Moderator egghead's Avatar
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    most older computers (500mhz or less) did not have a boot from cd option in the bios and thus could only be booted from floppy drive to install xp.

    if you had a boot virus or for some reason windows could not boot than you can use the xp boot disc to access the recovery console and perform tasks in a command menu to solve verious problems.
    check it out here

    if you would like to learn how to create a real windows environment boot disc that loads the windows shell as well as drivers and internet explorer and back up programs and disc utillities etc.... try reatogo

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    Old and Cranky Super Moderator rik's Avatar
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    Plus always will have the disks you need.

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