I'm sorry, I did not know this. But now I do. Thanks for the Enlightenment. I have attained a new level of understanding.
Thank you for your patience. I just did not understand. I was confused. I needed a path, and a way, a light to turn too.
I have never needed to use a startup disk since ME, and as far as I knew, XP did not have a startup disk -- I had been told that there wasn't even a startup disk for XP and above. It was just recently that I found out that there was.
"not all machines can boot from optical drives !"
I had not heard this.
"When XP arrived in 2001 many choose to install on Pentium 2/AMD K6 machines with 2x/4x optical drives, hence why the floppies were offered."
As far as I knew, if you had a CD Drive, even a 2x-4x speed drive, you could still read files from it. I thought that the speed of the drive was only relative to how fast the information can be read/written to and from the drive.
Jolicloud, you made me laugh.
I have never installed 3.1 or 3.10, though I have the diskettes for them. But I don't think that I would want to install it. I was only interested in DOS so that I could use it as a repair tool to be able to fix my computer, not so that I could use it as a permanent operating system. But then again, maybe you'd enjoy it if I picked your brain about it.
A wise man once said: "You only know as much as you can remember." So you are only as wise as all the things that you know or can recall. Things that you do not recall are forgotten and can become lost wisdom.
Although 3.1 does have DOS in it, which means I could get to the Command Prompt!!!!....
But don't worry, Jolicloud, I have given up on trying to install Windows by means of some ingenious method that does not include the instant install from popping XP into the CD Drive!
This is how animals were domesticated.
The domestication of animals lead to the civilization of mankind, and this is how Man became the top of the food chain in the world. Without this, Mankind would have never founded civilization. First the nomadic tribesmen, and then...
Reference: Anthropology. The History of Mankind.