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Chapter 3. Installing Windows XP Profess... > Making Replacement Startup Floppies

Making Replacement Startup Floppies

Windows XP setup can be launched from floppies, in case you don’t have a computer that is bootable (blank hard disk, for example), and you can’t boot from the XP Setup disc. Some older computers’ BIOS do not support booting from the CD-ROM drive, for example. You might not have received the boot floppies with the Windows XP distribution CD, or they might be been lost or damaged. In any case, you can create new setup boot floppies right from the CD. You need to gather five preformatted blank floppies, and then follow these steps:

1.
Label the five floppies as “Windows XP Setup Disk 1,” “. . . Setup Disk 2,” and so on.

2.
Insert the first disk into the floppy disk drive, and insert the Windows XP CD into the CD-ROM drive.

3.
Choose Start, Run, and type the following:

d:\bootdisk\makeboot.exe

(Replace d with the letter of your CD-ROM drive)

4.
Follow the onscreen directions.


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