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Q: start-up disc for windows xp ( Answered,   2 Comments )
Subject: start-up disc for windows xp
Category: Computers > Software
Asked by: andy75-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 13 Aug 2006 08:45 PDT
Expires: 12 Sep 2006 08:45 PDT
Question ID: 755539
I am looking for a start up disc for windows xp, i need to know how to
create a winxp start up cd/dvd and also a usb flash drive startup as
well hope someone can help me.
Subject: Re: start-up disc for windows xp
Answered By: tisme-ga on 13 Aug 2006 09:04 PDT
Hello andy75-ga,

The Windows XP CD, no matter if it is OEM or retail is already a start
up cd/dvd. It should automatically boot up to the CD-ROM. The only
thing that could be preventing it from doing so, is that your BIOS is
not set up to boot from CD-ROM.

To get into your BIOS, you need to watch the beginning when your
computer first starts up. It might say something like press DEL to
start setup. Some common keys to get into the BIOS are: DEL and F8.

Once you get into the BIOS, you need to make the CD-ROM your first
boot device. Right now it is probably set up to boot from the Floppy
first, and then the hard drive.

If you cannot figure it out with the generic instructions, please
answer the following questions and I will try to give you more
specific instructions:

What make/model computer do you have?

If it is custom made, what motherboard is installed? You may have a
user's guide for the motherboard. If not, you may have to look inside
the computer for the part number/model of the motherboard if you are
not sure what it is. Sometimes it will also give a BIOS version when
you first start up the computer. (If it disappears too fast, try using
the PAUSE button on the keyboard).

Does your computer currently have a working operating system
installed? If so, what is it?

If there is not a working operating system, is there a partially
working operating system?

With regards to a USB Flash Drive as a startup disk, most BIOS do not
support this. If this is possible with your BIOS, I will let you know
when you tell me what model you have.

I look forward to your response. All the best,


Request for Answer Clarification by andy75-ga on 13 Aug 2006 14:32 PDT
windows xp home is installed it did not come with winxp disc only
recovery disc i just need a boot disc like win98 is it possible to
create my own.
thanks for your help.

Clarification of Answer by tisme-ga on 13 Aug 2006 21:36 PDT
For what purpose do you need a boot disk? Do you need to get your
CD-ROM working? The recovery cd-rom should also be bootable.

It is quite easy to make a bootable floppy that would allow you to
install Windows XP if this is what you need to do. Please let me know,


Request for Answer Clarification by andy75-ga on 14 Aug 2006 11:01 PDT
just need a bootable disc so i can start windows so i can remove the
program thats stoping my pc from booting.

Clarification of Answer by tisme-ga on 15 Aug 2006 09:25 PDT
Hello andy75-ga,

You did not specificy whether or not you had a floppy drive. This is
the most efficient way to get into a bootable environment.

There are various boot disks for Windows XP available in floppy
format. I recommend that you use the four to six floppy original set
found here: The files are
available for download, and you should download the set that
corresponds with your version of Windows. If you are unsure, choose
the SP2 (Service Pack 2) set.

Can you tell me what program is preventing your PC from booting up?
Have you tried going into safe mode? (Press F8 continually when
Windows first starts loading and then go to Safe Mode).

Subject: Re: start-up disc for windows xp
From: victag-ga on 15 Aug 2006 22:16 PDT
I have tried the boot disks from this website many times and they work well:
Subject: Re: start-up disc for windows xp
From: tomhawk-ga on 06 Sep 2006 09:20 PDT
Tools or utilities to create boot disks  can be found

this is a utility from hp withwhioch u can make ur usb pen drive bootable


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