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Will my next WinXP CD boot?


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MikeW

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My new (refurbished) PC boots ok on my win98 rescue disk so my hardware seems ok.
I am about to purchase WinXP Home OEM (I like the price) but cannot get a straight answer to
Will the CD boot? PC has brand new formated HD, etc.

It may seem a simple question, but it seems that not all WinXP CDs are bootable.
How do I know the one I am buying will boot?
Can you advise MicroSoft product numbers for bootable WinXP Home with SP2?
Then I can ask the retailers if their box contains MS product number xxxxxx

The internet retailers for the packages have not replied to my 'bootable' question.
Could be a case of buying volume boxes and selling on, without any understanding of what's in the box.

Regards

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Got an answer Microsoft MSC0001OEM is a bootable CD
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where'd you get the answer
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Retailer SoftwareGalaxy.co.uk
I have now ordered goods from this supplier.
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all Windows CDs have been bootable ever since at least Windows 98SE.

Therefore it follows that XP CDs are bootable as well.
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You mention it boots ok on the rescue disk - if this is a rescue floppy then it doesn't guarantee that your CD rom is bootable [even though the windows Cd will be]. Borrow a mate's XP cd and see if the pc boots from it. Then you will know for sure. No need to worry about software piracy as you won't be installing from your mates CD. It can be any windows version since 98SE just to test if you can boot from CD
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Many thanks for replies. Supplier states CD will boot.
It has arrived and I may install this weekend on my upgraded PC.
Yes I've been running win98 and worried unnecessarily about instaling winXP based on rumours.
Nice to know all win CDs now boot.
One more question. When I register with MS, will I have to downlaod large files? I am stuck with a 56K dial-up modem.
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not when y ou register...but it is suggested that you do a full update...just go to windows update and let it go....i would suggest doing this at a time when you aren't wanting to use the machine...as it will take a while (i'm on dialup at home so i feel your pain)
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