HOW TO MAKE WINDOWS ME
BOOT AND STARTUP FLOPPY DISKS
last updated: 9/25/00
Let's Make a Startup
Floppy the Microsoft Way. Back in the MS-DOS and Windows 3.x
days most technicians packed a boot floppy with some basic software tools
on it for trouble-shooting, and installing hard disks and software. Today,
this sort of floppy is called a Windows Startup disk or Emergency Boot
Disk (EBD) and is largely ignored until an emergency, such as a hard disk
failure, when, to the dismay of the user, it may not work.
One cannot make this
floppy by simply copying all of the contents of the C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\EBD
directly to formatted floppy disk. An error will result when you try
to boot it. However such a floppy is easy to make with Win Me, starting
with a blank floppy disk: Click Show Desktop ,
Double-Click My Computer, Double-Click Control Panel, Double-Click Add/Remove
Programs, Click the Startup Disk tab, and Click Create Disk after inserting
a floppy, and Click OK. This also puts a version of the third DOS system
file, MSDOS.SYS, on the floppy ; however, you don't need it to boot a Win
Me boot floppy.
One could make a simple
boot floppy by making a Startup disk using this method and then erasing all
of the files or those not desired, except the system files.
Now don't wait until
your hard disk crashes to find out the your new Startup floppy doesn't work. Test
it. If the CD-ROM drive does not work see Adding a Specific CD-ROM
After testing the floppy
and installing another CD-ROM driver, if needed, run a virus scan on it and
write-protect it so it can't catch a virus.
To write protect
a floppy disk, hold the floppy so the label, or the place for the label,
is visible and up, flip it over from side-to side so the label is on
the back, push the little tab in the top-left corner up so daylight is
visible through the square hole.
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