Hi, I have just found this download on the windows site : windows xp home edition utility set up disks for floppy boot install.: it says, the windows xp start up disk allows computers without a bootable cd-rom to perform a new installation of the operating system. the windows xp start up disk will automatically load the correct drivers to gain access to the cd rom drive to start a new install of the set up. is this the same as a windows xp cd that you get with a new computer? my computer was pre installed with xp home edition and i did not get a cd with the computer, all i got was a recovery disk. does this mean that if i want to reinstall the xp operating system this will do it for me? thanks in anticipation
What this does is make boot up floppy for xp about 6 discs worth so u can boot ur pc if it goes pear shapped and need to acsess it it should put back the settings u had before it went funny,but all this should be on the recovery disc anyway.
your copy of xp is kept on a hidden partition on your hard drive.the restore floppy you have accesses this and reinstalls windows from there.
what i would suggest you do while your computer is still working well is purchase a copy of drive image or acronis true image,norton ghost etc and create an image of your hard drive.this will make an exact copy including all your updates,installed programs etc and you can be up and running fully in 15/20 mins.