Bootdisk for Windows

Today we were updating firmware on some Intel Servers and needed to boot via floppy to an MS-Dos prompt. (Ok, head hurts, think!)

That’s right. Both Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 have a check box in the format dialog for “make MS-Dos startup disk”.

But another option is to go to bootdisk.com. There you will find a wide variety of operating systems represented. Download the executable file, run it, and you will be prompted to put in a floppy disk. I prefer Windows 98SE (second edition); it offers CD-Rom support which can be convenient.

Thankfully, a boot floppy isn’t often needed. But when it is, it’s nice to know where to find one!

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