Windows® XP Startup Disks
Do you know about the need and benefits of Windows® XP Startup disks and the issues related with them?
Windows® XP Startup disks are used for running the set-up program on those computer systems which are unable to use a bootable CD-ROM. We, at iYogi, strongly recommend you not to use a Windows® XP startup disk if you can start your system from a CD-ROM or from a network-based installation.
Here is a description of the Windows® XP startup disk, minimum system requirement for downloading it, and the issues related to the startup disks:
- Need of Windows® XP startup disk
- Minimum system requirement for running Windows® XP startup disk
- Issues related to Windows® XP startup disk
Need of Windows® XP startup disk
The Windows® XP startup disk allows you to start your computer system if it is without a bootable CD-ROM to perform new installation of the operating system. Apart from this, the Windows® XP startup disk will automatically install the right drivers to gain access to the CD-ROM drive and start a new installation of Set-up. This startup disk will also allow you to troubleshoot Windows® XP.
Minimum system requirement for running Windows® XP startup disk
Windows® XP startup disk supports the following operating systems: Windows® 2000; Windows® 95; Windows® 98; Windows® ME; Windows NT®; and Windows® XP. Other than these it also supports any x86 compatible computer system that meets the requirements for installing Windows® XP Professional operating system.
The Windows® XP startup disk cannot be used to upgrade the operating system installed on your computer system. This startup disk will not work for Windows® XP Professional installations and vice-versa. You should download the startup disk only in the following cases: when you are installing a new and full retail version of Windows® XP;or you have a working CD drive, but cannot start your computer from CD-ROM; or when you can start your system from a floppy disk drive. The other issue related with Windows® XP startup disk is that the future products will no longer support installation by using the Set-up boot disks. In that case, they will require the ability to start from the CD drive or by using PXE boot from the network.