Creating a Boot Disk for Windows® ME
Things to keep in mind while creating a Boot Disk for Windows® ME.
Windows® Millennium is a graphical operating system developed by Microsoft®. It was the successor to Windows® 98 and targeted for home PC users. A boot disk is a removable storage medium that a computer could load. It could also run an operating system or utility program. A boot disk allows you to boot from a diskette instead of your hard drive. This diskette could be used to fix issues that might arise during the lifetime of your computer and help you to load older MS-DOS® games. Usually boot disks are created when your system is infected with viruses, to fix any error issues or reinstall the operating system etc. Floppy discs and CD-ROMs are the most common forms of media used for boot disks but it is completely different than a restore CD or disc that might have been included with your computer. To create a boot disk in Windows® Millennium, go to ‘Control Panel’ and double-click on ‘Add/Remove Programs’. In the ‘Add/Remove Programs’ properties dialog box, click the ‘Startup Disk’ tab. Click ‘Create Disk’ to create the Startup disk. In certain circumstances you might be prompted to insert the Windows® Me CD-ROM when you click ‘Create Disk’. This could occur if the installation files that are required to create the Startup disk are not on the hard disk. When prompted, insert a formatted disk into the disk drive, and then click ‘OK’.
There are few things to be kept in mind while creating a boot disk. Following are the things that should be taken care:
- Virus Scan
- Format Floppy Disk and Transfer OS
- Write-Protect the Disk
The first thing you should always do before creating a boot disk is to scan your system for viruses with a current set of virus definition files. If any viruses like boot sector viruses are present in the system, they could be easily transferred to the boot disks that you are creating. Antivirus software should be used to scan and remove all the viruses in the system before creating a boot disk.
Format Floppy Disk and Transfer OS
Before creating any boot disk, you need to keep the back up of the files that are necessary. To create a blank bootable disk, insert a new floppy disk into the drive and right-click on the floppy disk icon. Then you need to select ‘Format’ to format the floppy disk. To transfer the operating system, you need to click on the checkbox with ‘Copy system files’ option. With the option ‘Copy’ you could add the additional files to the boot disk.
Once the boot disk is created, you need to make sure that the disk is write-protected. If the boot disk is write-protected, you can be sure that it would not be erased by any mistake. Precisely, a write-protected disk prevents virus infections and errors on it. Thus you could be sure from this that the disk is always safe to boot.