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INTRODUCTION

You can obtain Windows XP Setup boot disks from Microsoft, but only by download. We provide the Setup boot disks so that you can run the Setup program on computers that cannot use a bootable CD-ROM. If you can start your computer from a CD-ROM or from a network-based installation, we strongly recommend that you use those installation methods instead.

Future products will no longer support installation by using the Setup boot disks. Installation of future Microsoft operating systems will require the ability to start from the CD drive or by using PXE boot from the network. For more information about how to use PXE boot, go to the RIS and PXE requirements webpage on the Microsoft TechNet website.

How to obtain a replacement disk

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Who should download the Setup disks?

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Steps to download, create, and use the Setup disks

There are six Windows XP Setup boot floppy disks. You must have the files and the drivers that these disks contain to access the CD drive and to start the Setup process.

Step 1: Download the Setup disk program

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Step 2: Run the Setup disk program to create the Setup disks

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Step 3: Start your computer by using the first Setup disk to begin a new Windows XP installation

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More information

For more information about how to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack on CD, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322389 How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack
To obtain the Windows XP Service Pack 3 - ISO-9660 CD ISO image, go to the Windows XP Service Pack 3 - ISO-9660 CD Image File webpage.

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Article ID: 310994 - Last Review: September 26, 2012 - Revision: 11.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
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