Microsoft® Windows® XP® Professional Edition Boot Disk
How could you create a bootable disk for Windows XP Professional Edition?
Windows XP is the most popular Operating System from Microsoft which could be used on home and business desktops, laptops, tablets and media centers. Provided editions are Windows XP Home, Professional, Media Center and Professional X64 edition. The name ‘XP’ stands for ‘experience’. It was released on August 2001 and its market is still at a high level demand. It supports most of the applications from Microsoft. It delivers high performance and user friendly features. Windows XP Professional combines more advanced features. A boot disk is a detachable digital data storage medium which is used by a computer to load and execute an Operating System or a utility program. The computer might possess an in-built program that meets certain standards to load and execute a program from a boot disk.
Below mentioned are the needs and ways to create Windows XP Professional boot disk:
- Need to create a bootable disk
- Create a bootable disk from Microsoft site
- Make a bootable disk from system files
Need to create a bootable disk
Normally a bootable disk is used to install a fresh copy of Windows XP Professional Operating System to your PC. The bootable disk is used when the boot files are missing from the system and the disc drive or the hard drive of your PC is not able to boot the disk properly due to some problems. In such conditions, your system could load the booting files using a bootable disk.
Create a bootable disk from Microsoft site
If you need to create a boot disk for Windows XP Professional then first of all, you need to have the required files. It could be accessed from the official site of Microsoft under the specified bootable disk link, through any computer. You should specify the service pack of the needed Windows XP Professional Operating System in order to get the latest features. Once the download has been done, run the executable downloaded file which contains the needed applications to create Windows XP professional bootable disk.
If the boot record or other needed files are corrupted missing from the system, you could create a bootable disk from any working PC that uses the same Operating System. For that place a floppy disk into the drive and format the disk. Then, choose the OS installed drive and copy the Boot.ini, NTLDR, and Ntdetect.com files to the floppy. If the files bootsect.dos and ntbootdd.sys are available then, copy that to the floppy. The disk should be write-protected and the BIOS settings should be configured properly.