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My friends new HP computer did not come with an XP installation CD. There are instructions in the help files
that describe how to put enough files out to a CD-RW to restore the system in the event of a major failure.
My question:
Are these files, generated by the system from an NTFS-formatted disk, readable on a FAT32 system?
I want to reformat his hard drive to FAT32, partition it so I can have a partition for a backup, and then use this CD-Rom to re-install XP. Can I do this or do I have to stay with NTFS?
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If you save the instructions on a cd, they are no longer in ntfs and will be readable.

I am not sure what those instructions are you are referring to, though...I doubt it will generate a windows xp cd
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