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  1. #1
    simonc
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    Default Near miss...

    Arriving home yesterday, I noticed my desktop screen was in the safe mode boot up screen....Needless to say my heart skipped a beat and various thoughts ran through my head ( the main one being "oh s**t")
    After many reboots, it is up and running again, and I am now downloading the XP boot disk from MS.
    I have a problem where MS says I need 6 floppies to copy the file to. After scrabbling around I have come up with 5.
    Can I use a W98 single boot disk on XP Pro?
    I can go out and get another disk, but I am half Dutch and don't really want to buy another disk.
    OR...is it OK to burn the expanded files to a CD and boot from there.
    I have checked BIOS and it will not run a USB device first (damn!)

    Any thoughts gratefully recieved...

    XP Pro
    Athlon 1800
    256mb Ram
    SP1 (don't want the huge d/l to SP2)

    Thanks

  2. #2
    ninja
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    Default Re: Near miss...

    > Can I use a W98 single boot disk on XP Pro?

    Yes, but you probably won't be able to read your hard drive if it is NTFS

  3. #3
    drcspy
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    Default Re: Near miss...

    alternatively if you have it you can simply boot from the xp cd......

  4. #4
    simonc
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    Default Re: Near miss...

    Thanks,

    Drive is FAT, so should be OK there...

    Errr...I appear to have mislaid my XP CD... I am sure I had one....


    Si

  5. #5
    Graham L
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    Default Re: Near miss...

    Buy a box of floppies. ;-)

    You are probably wasting your time with floppies you have "raked up". Boot disks really need to be perfect. I prefer to format them on the machine they are to be used on, too. If there are any bad blocks, I won't use them as boot disks.

  6. #6
    thewhiz
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    Default Re: Near miss...

    You might be able to get a NTFS aware boot disk from www.bootdisk.com

  7. #7
    Growly
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    Default Re: Near miss...

    >but I am half Dutch and don't really want to buy another disk.

    I don't get it...

  8. #8
    theotherone
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    Default Re: Near miss...

    Growly, refer to Monday Laughs.

  9. #9
    Susan B
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    Default Re: Near miss...

    > Growly, refer to Monday Laughs.

    :^O

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