Install fresh Windows XP without floppy?

  diklet 19:44 22 Nov 2004

Is it possible to install Windows XP Pro without having a floppy boot disk?

My brother-in-law has messed up his PC again and I've offered to help him sort it out.

He only has an original installation CD but no floppy boot disk and his HD has been formatted.

Is it possible to boot from a CD in those circumstances?


  stalion 20:07 22 Nov 2004

can you not copy a boot up floppy for him?
click here

  VoG II 20:10 22 Nov 2004

First you need to enter the BIOS. This normally means pressing a key, or combination of keys, immediately after switch-on. A message to this effect usually flashes up on the screen when you switch on, such as "To enter setup press Del". Other common BIOS codes are listed at click here.

When the BIOS screen appears you will see a set of menu options. Look for one labelled Boot or Startup and select the item Boot Order, or First Boot; this will be set to HD0, HD1 or the serial number of your hard disk drive.

Change the setting to read CD, CD-Rom or the serial number of your CD/DVD-Rom drive, Save the Change and Exit the BIOS. Open the CD-Rom drive, insert your XP disk and restart your computer.

Or download a set of boot disks click here

  diklet 23:22 22 Nov 2004

You've all been really helpful. I got it sorted by changing the BIOS settings to boot from the CD drive.

I really appreciate your help.

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