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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by richb, Nov 24, 2001.

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  1. richb

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    How do you make a bootable disk of w2k that just starts the machine instead of trying to install or repair your operating system?
     
  2. deuce

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    Well a boot disk can't really completely boot your system. You can boot to a dos prompt and install cdrom drivers from a boot disk... and from there you can boot from a windows install cd in your cdrom. A boot disk should have come with your OS but if you don't have it anymore you can make a new one by going to control panel/add-remove programs/startup disk/create disk.

    Also... if you have a zip drive you can make a bootable startup disk that will boot fully into windows.
     
  3. richb

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    Mike, your suggestion is well taken. I'm running W2k now and I want to change hard drive because I think this one is going bad. (This will be another query). I want to boot outside of the hard drive so that I can copy all of my old info to the new hard drive. I can make the new a slave, but there are files that are being used and can't be accessed when I boot up W2k. (I was also thinking that if I found a way to do this I could always use this technique to back up an existing drive periodically for security). When I went to do as suggested: control panel/add-remove programs/startup disk/create disk...." I couldn't find 'startup disk' to create a boot disk. I think this is true for W98 not in W2K. The reason I wanted to create from my HD is that I wanted the operating system boot using a registry on a floppy or CD that would enable me to use my other utilities already installed. Any other ideas?
     
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