The Windows XP startup disk allows computers
without a bootable CD-ROM to perform a new
installation of the operating system. The
Windows XP startup disk will automatically load
the correct drivers to gain access to the CD-ROM
drive and start a new installation of Setup. You
cannot upgrade from a Windows XP startup disk.
Please note that
Windows XP Home Edition startup disks will not
work for Windows XP Professional installations
Windows XP Setup boot disks are
available only by download from Microsoft. The
Setup boot disks are available so that you can
run Setup on computers that do not support a
If your computer does support booting from a
CD-ROM, or if network-based installation is
available, Microsoft recommends that you use
those installations methods instead.
Future products will no longer support
installation via the setup boot disks.
Installation of future Microsoft Operating
Systems will require the ability to boot from
the CD or PXE boot from Network. Setup boot
disks that are provided for Windows XP are
provided and supported on an as is basis.
There are six Windows XP Setup boot
floppy disks. These disks contain the
files and drivers that are required to access
the CD-ROM drive and begin the Setup process.
Creating the Setup Disks
When you download the Setup disks, the
download contains only one large program file.
When you run the downloaded file, it extracts
the files. You receive the following prompt:
This program creates the
Setup boot disks for Microsoft Windows XP. To
create these disks, you need to provide 6
blank, formatted, high-density disks.
Please specify the floppy drive to copy the
Type the drive letter for the floppy disk
drive (this is typically drive A). After you
type the floppy disk drive letter, you see the
Insert one of these disks
into drive drive letter:. This disk
will become the Windows XP Setup Boot Disk.
Press any key when you are ready.
When you press a key, the downloaded file
starts extracting and copying the files.
Continue inserting the blank disks as you are
prompted to do so until all six disks are
created. If the process is interrupted you
must run the downloaded program file again to
create all six disks.
Make sure to label each disk appropriately
with the number that is specified by the
program. You will have to use the disks in the
correct order during the Setup process.
Using the Setup Disks
After you create all six disks, insert the
first disk in the floppy disk drive, and then
restart the computer. Note that the computer
must be configured to boot from the floppy
disk drive. In some cases, you may need to
modify your computer's BIOS settings to do
The Setup process starts. Insert the other
floppy disks as you are prompted to do so.
Note that you will need to use the Windows XP
CD-ROM to finish Setup.
Downloading the Setup Disk
( As mentioned bebore you will
need six blank floppy disks when you extract
the file after downloading)
Download Windows XP
Original Release here:
Windows XP Home
Download Windows XP
with Service Pack 1 (SP1) here:
Note Windows XP CD-ROMs
that include SP1 have the text "Includes
Service Pack 1" on the CD-ROM.
Home Edition SP1