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How To Create A Windows System Disk

If you have trouble starting Windows, a Startup Disk can be used to boot your system, run diagnostic programs and help you to fix many problems. We strongly recommend that you create a Startup Disk, label it right away, and store it in a safe location so you have it when needed. Creating multiple copies of Startup Disks is suggested for college students who are likely to misplace their discs in moves back and forth between home and school. Making extra copies of your Startup Disks is a good idea for anyone who moves frequently so you can fix your system whenever needed.

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For Windows XP

  1. Begin by placing a blank floppy disk into your floppy drive.
  2. Double click on the My Computer icon on your Desktop until it opens.
  3. Then gently click on the 3½ Floppy (A:) icon just enough until it becomes highlighted.
  4. Then click on the word File, which is contained in your top tool bar area.
  5. This will pull down a menu for you to now click on the word Format.
  6. Place a check mark in the box next to Create an MS-DOS startup disk at the bottom of the screen.
  7. Then click the Start button to begin creating your Startup Disk.
  8. Windows will display a warning that Formatting erase all data or your disk. Click OK to continue.
  9. Windows will then display a progress indicator bar denoting the status of your System Disk.
  10. When the status bar reaches 100% your System Startup Disk will be complete.
  11. Close the format complete window by clicking on OK at the bottom of the screen.
  12. Then click on the Close button to close the Format 3½ Floppy (A:) window.
  13. Real Knowledge strongly suggests that you store your Startup Disk in a safe location.

For Windows 98 And Windows Millennium

  1. Begin by placing a blank floppy disk into your floppy drive.
  2. Go into your Control Panel by first clicking on the Start Button.
  3. Then click on Settings and then click on the Control Panel icon.
  4. Double click on the Add/Remove Programs icon in your control panel.
  5. At the top of the screen you will see the Startup Disk Tab which you will need to select.
  6. After selecting the Startup Disk Tab, click on the Create Disk button to create your disk.
  7. Windows will prompt you to label your Startup Disk and insert it into your floppy drive.
  8. Simply click on OK to continue, to begin making your Startup Disk.
  9. Windows will display a progress indicator bar denoting the status of your System Disk.
  10. When the status bar reaches 100% your System Startup Disk will be complete.
  11. You can now close the startup disk window by clicking on OK at the bottom of the screen.
  12. Real Knowledge strongly suggests that you store your Startup Disk in a safe location.
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