I regularly fix and upgrade my mates computer and a couple of days ago he asked me to build a barebones pc for him but it has to have access to the internet and has to have Win Xp Home/pro. Im alright with the internet thing, but when it comes to windows im not sure. I have an Windows XP Pro disc, but i have lost the start-up floppy disc. When installing windows on to the blank hard drive, do i need a start-up floppy disc to get into the setup for windows Any help would be appreciated
if it is a new xp disc you would know that there is no floppy with it and that it boots from the cd when the bios is changed to boot from cd before the hard drive.if it is an xp disc that has been used on another pc you might have problems registering it,you wont be able to do it if it is already in use on another pc.you cant get sp1 or sp2 untill you register the xp disc.
XP pro doesn't require product activation so installing on a 2nd pc won't b a prob. The second pc may have problems updating via windows update etc due 2 product key. If you check out the microsoft website you can find a download for the floppy set up disks, but like others have said if it is a bootable cd then switch 2 boot from CD in BIOS