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Create Windows XP set-up disks
Windows XP does not come with set-up disks and Microsoft assume that every machine onto which XP is to be installed can either boot from a CD drive or from a network.
Whilst you will still need a CD drive to install Windows XP, if the CD drive does not support booting then you can download a set of set-up/boot disks from Microsoft:
Unlike Windows NT and 2000 it is not possible to create these boot disks from the Windows CD.
These notes have been tested with Windows XP.
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