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Making Startup Floppies

Windows XPSetup can be launched from floppy disks if necessary. However, the Setup CD-ROMdoes not contain the utility program needed to create setup floppy disks. You can download the utility, makeboot.exe, from the Microsoft Web site at http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q310994.

After you've downloaded the appropriate file for your version and language of Windows XP, simply double-click it to begin the diskette creation process. You will need to have six 3 1/2–inch empty, formatted floppy disks ready. You might want to label the first disk Windows XPSetup Boot Disk and the remaining disks Windows XP Setup Disk #2 through #6.

After you have created your Windows XP Setup disks, you can use them to perform a clean installation of Windows XP only; you cannot use them for performing upgrade installations.

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