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How To Obtain Setup Boot Disks For Windows XP

Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows Millennium allowed us to create a single Start Up disk that would boot up our computer and provide us with access to our CD Rom Drive. But with Windows XP, you can no longer create a single boot up disk that will allow you to reinstall the operating system from your CD Rom Drive. Instead, you must either use your Windows XP CD Rom to boot up your machine from your CD Rom Drive or use the Windows XP Setup boot disks that are only available by download from Microsoft. Therefore, this technical brief will direct you to Microsoft's web site to download the proper Setup boot disks that will allow you to run the Setup Program on computers that do not support a bootable CD Rom.

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Obtaining And Making Setup Boot Disks For Windows XP

  1. Begin by rounding up six blank floppy disks and put these aside.
  2. Then read the entire Microsoft Support Document (Q310994) by clicking here: (Q310994)
  3. Then go to the "Downloading the Setup Disk Program File" section of the document.
  4. Here you will be able to download the Setup boot disks for your Windows XP version.
  5. Choose either the Windows XP Home Edition or the Windows XP Professional Edition link.
  6. You will be taken to a Microsoft Download page pertaining to your Windows XP version.
  7. Read the beginning information and then click on the Download Now link at the bottom of the page.
  8. Your file will download to your drive and when it finishes double click on it to create your disks.
  9. Real Knowledge strongly suggests that you store these six Startup Disks in a safe location.
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