Solved How Do You Use the XP Startup Disk?

July 17, 2012 at 23:04:09
Specs: Windows XP, 1.8 CPU/ 512 RAM
Does the Startup Disk help you to install Windows?

I am stuck. Does anyone know about this?


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July 20, 2012 at 16:50:52
The purpose of the start-up disks, all six of them, is to get the installation process started if you don't not have a bootable CD or a computer that is capable of booting of a CD.

To make effective use of the start-up disks you still need a CD drive and a Window XP CD. Without those the star-up disks are useless. There is no earthly reason to put the start up disk onto a CD .

The start-up disk with allow you to partition and format a blank hard disk and put some basic file on the hard disk and then prompt for a reboot. The computer will boot from the hard dsik and continue the installation from the CD it expects to find in the CD drive.

If there is no CD Drive or no CD the installation will fail and you will have achieved nothing except partition and format the hard disk and put some file son the hard disk that are only good for installing Windows XP and nothing else.

To make use of the Command prompt you need a properly installed version of Windows XP on the hard disk.

Forget about DOS. Windows XP and DOS are as different as chalk and cheese and you preoccupation with a it will lead you up a blind alley.

Stuart



#1
July 17, 2012 at 23:36:57
If you are talking about the CD with Windows on, you put the CD in the drive, reboot & if the bios is set to boot from the CD first, the install will start.

If it dos'nt, you then go into the bios & change the boot order.

The first thing you will see is > Press any key ( you only have a few seconds to do so ) You now proceed & choose Install & then delete all partitions & format to NTFS. ( everything is lost )


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#2
July 18, 2012 at 07:12:30
You must be kidding, right. Read some of your older posts.

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#3
July 18, 2012 at 08:13:11
Don't mock, dementia is hitting people at earlier ages these days.... ;-) Or possibly the poster's username has been hacked?

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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#4
July 18, 2012 at 09:00:46
Please see this posting prior to replying, he has a total of 3 posts and over 100 replies:

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#5
July 18, 2012 at 09:34:48
This person is obviously messing with us or is extremely bored, or is seriously stupid. Or perhaps all three :))

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#6
July 18, 2012 at 19:47:58


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#7
July 18, 2012 at 21:15:17
Johnw,
Hello How's Ya. Thanks for the Reply.

No. By "Startup Disk", I am not talking about the Windows XP disk, I am talking about the 6 Startup Disks. They come on CD or diskette. You ever heard of them?

riider,

grasshopper,
Left Feild is rained out. Plan B

Jolicloud,
Plan A:
NOT SOLVED

Plan B:
NOT SOLVED

Dear johnr,
This question has not been answered.

Captain Kirk
USS Enterprise


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#8
July 18, 2012 at 23:14:40
"Does the Startup Disk help you to install Windows"

Yep.

xp Startup Disks
http://is.gd/nbolRH


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#9
July 19, 2012 at 05:45:04
Here's your instructions:

1. shut down all computers in your possession until completing steps 2-5
2. get several large garbage bags
3. put on a pair a comfortable walking shoes & head out into your neighborhood with garbage bags in hand
4. pick up any cans & bottles you find until your acquire at least $25 worth in return deposit fees
5. use that $25 to buy a CD/DVD drive for your outdated Compaq
6. install the CD/DVD drive, boot off the XP disc & install Windows without going thru all this stupid DOS crap that you have no clue how to do anyway
7. create a new thread about not having all the necessary drivers for your Compaq


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#10
July 19, 2012 at 06:27:53
LOL, If I could, I would mark riider's post "Solved."

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#11
July 19, 2012 at 17:29:40
Hello Everybody!!!

Plan A:
Fix 2nd Computer

SOLVED
Ordered DVD drive

Plan B:
Figure out how to prevent this in the future

riider,
If I told you that I sent away for a DVD drive, will you comment on Plan B? This means you don't have to tell me about Plan A, how to fix my computer, because I have tried everything.

I followed your instructions exactly to a "T". Now I get a "Invalid System Disk" error. And when I press a key, the new message becomes, "Non System Disk or Disk Error". These two messages keep switching back and forth everytime I press a key.

I have completely run out of ideas and don't know what is going wrong: I installed DOS 7.1 and doubled checked to see that it was fully functional. +I386. +smartdrv.exe.
Then when the hd is transferred from the Dell back to the Compaq, there is no Command Prompt, only the error message described above.

Do you think there was a compatibility issue between two different model computers [Dell & Compaq] why Dos 7.1 did not run?

Johnw,

I am trying to figure out how to use the Startup Disks. Do you know how?


Captain Kirk


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#12
July 19, 2012 at 19:21:03
"I am trying to figure out how to use the Startup Disks. Do you know how?"

Never had to use them Captain Kirk.

xp how to use Startup Disks

http://is.gd/YtZKVD

Maybe this one, plenty of answers from Google.

http://www.ehow.com/how_4910008_use...


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#13
July 20, 2012 at 01:10:43
You are still not making any sense, you have had the information before, I believe you have ADS !

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#14
July 20, 2012 at 01:43:53
Looking at James T's other post he admits he 'just likes to chat', which I think is the whole point of his posting.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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#15
July 20, 2012 at 16:33:36
Johnw,
Thanks for the reply.

So even if you make the Startup Disk into a CD, by running the CD, it prompts you to enter a floppy? So in other words, you can't use the Startup Disk UNLESS you have a floppy drive?

IF you had a floppy drive: But if your hd was formatted, the Startup Diskettes would allow you to boot? Maybe a Command Prompt?

Captain Kirk
USS Enterprise


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#16
July 20, 2012 at 16:50:52
✔ Best Answer
The purpose of the start-up disks, all six of them, is to get the installation process started if you don't not have a bootable CD or a computer that is capable of booting of a CD.

To make effective use of the start-up disks you still need a CD drive and a Window XP CD. Without those the star-up disks are useless. There is no earthly reason to put the start up disk onto a CD .

The start-up disk with allow you to partition and format a blank hard disk and put some basic file on the hard disk and then prompt for a reboot. The computer will boot from the hard dsik and continue the installation from the CD it expects to find in the CD drive.

If there is no CD Drive or no CD the installation will fail and you will have achieved nothing except partition and format the hard disk and put some file son the hard disk that are only good for installing Windows XP and nothing else.

To make use of the Command prompt you need a properly installed version of Windows XP on the hard disk.

Forget about DOS. Windows XP and DOS are as different as chalk and cheese and you preoccupation with a it will lead you up a blind alley.

Stuart


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#17
July 21, 2012 at 19:12:55
StuartS,
How you doing bro?

All I needed was a full explaination. I am going to choose you as best answer.

But here's the last question:
If you have a CD drive, why would you use a floppy startup disk? You could just put the XP disk into the drive to install Windows.

So the only purpose of the startup disk is to format your hd.

The startup disk installation has changed since W95/W98/ME, where you did not need a CD drive to complete the installation process. The just inserted the floppy, copied the files to the hd, and this allowed you to be able to boot to a command prompt. From the command prompt, you could install windows. You did need mscdex and the system files to be able to "recognize" the computer language commands that you enter and to "see" the CD Drive. But this was before Windows had the new autoboot file with XP, so you most often did not need the Startup Disk anymore. And a format /s was useful when you needed to format, to save the system files, and would save you a lot of pain on the installation as I found out the HARD WAY one time.

But now that XP and above has the new autoboot feature, all you have to do is to insert the XP disk into the drive, and installation of the OS begins immediately: that's why it does not make sense why the floppy startup disk installation would require you to "continue" the installation process by inserting the Windows CD, and is especially confusing when it says that the installation process is aborted if you don't. ????


Captain Kirk


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#18
July 22, 2012 at 03:37:00
.........not all machines can boot from optical drives !

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.

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#19
July 22, 2012 at 04:23:37
I don't believe that anyone can be so dense.

So the only purpose of the startup disk is to format your hd.

No it isn't. The purpose of the start-up disks is to partition. format the hard disk, AND TO PUT FILES ON THE HARD DISK TO ALLOW THE HARD DISK TO BE BOOTED.

W95/W98/ME Where all DOS Based.

Windows 2000 onward qrw not. That makes a huge difference,

You need a CD drive to install Windows XP because to do it entirely from floppies would take well over a hundred floppy disks

The last OS that could be installed entirely from floppies was Windows 95 and that required 12 floppy disks.

Fir Window 7 a CD isnt even big enough and that come son a DVD drive.

Stuart


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#20
July 22, 2012 at 05:09:15
"I don't believe that anyone can be so dense." ROFL

...read his other posts, awaiting questions relating to installing NT3.X/NT4 next

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#21
July 22, 2012 at 05:39:39
Why don't you just ignore him. He's like a stray cat. As long as you keep feeding him, he'll keep coming back for more.

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#22
July 22, 2012 at 16:04:41
StuartS,
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.

Jolicloud,
Thank you.

"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!

grasshopper,
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.

Captain Kirk
USS Enterprise


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#23
July 22, 2012 at 16:30:39
A wise man once said: "You only know as much as you can remember."

An even wiser man once said you are as wise as the sources of information you have at your disposal and know how to use them. In this day and age that means Google!

Although 3.1 does have DOS in it

No it doesn't. DOS is an Operating System in its own right. Windows 3.1 was a DOS application that was installed after MS-DOS was up and running.

If I remember correctly MS-DOS came on five floppy disks and Windows 3.1 on three.

Stuart


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#24
July 22, 2012 at 16:32:44
grasshopper,
johnr,
Jolicloud,

Wise Man:
"You are only as wise as what you know"
The Path to Enlightenment

PROBLEM
Trying to install XP with the Startup Disks

SOLUTION
You cannot install the Startup Disks unless you have a floppy drive

Captain Kirk


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#25
July 22, 2012 at 22:36:51
Whoever mentioned Windows 3.x, I certainly did not !!!!

I posted "NT3.X/NT4" different entirely:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micros...


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#26
July 23, 2012 at 19:33:40
Jolicloud,
Sorry Jolicloud, I thought that by writing NT3.X or NT4 that you meant 3.1, though the "4" did throw me a bit, and also the "NT" part of it gave me pause. I have never heard of NT3.X or NT4.

The only Windows OS's that I have installed/used are W95, W98, W98 SE, ME, and XP

I have not used: 1.0, 2.0, 2.1, 3.0, 3.1, NT 3.1, NT 3.5, NT 3.51, NT 4.0, 2000, Vista, and 7

But it would make more sense if you did mean for me to ask about 3.1 instead of NT 3.1 because 3.1 is DOS based and the whole "NT Family" has removed the 'boot in DOS mode' option...

WELCOME TO THE HISTORY OF WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEMS


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