how2 make a boot disk for XP system

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  1. Fraha

    Fraha Registered Member

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    Hi there.
    A friend has a HUGE viral problem, including the sending of email all over the world. I want to help him tomorrow so I tried to make a DOS boot disk as I did many times before XP became standard.

    How do I get a floppy to be boot-able for an xp system?

    If this is not possible, and F8 is somehow not working, what are my options?

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    The friend is a first time user and told me all this over the phone, I'll go there tomorrow but want to be prepared.
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    Regards

    Frans
     
  2. nadirah

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    Ask him to contact his computer's manufacturers' tech support hotline. Does his com have a recovery program?
     
  3. Fraha

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    Hello Nadirah,

    Thanks for your reply.

    This is an old PIII with no connection to the shop. The shop went down.

    Total recovery is sonething I try when all else failes. So this is no option now.
    All I need is a good working BOOT disk with CD support.
    I'm sure somebody will have an image somewhere?

    Normally i did a format a: /s in DOS but that does not work anymore with XP aperently.
    I did manage to make a bootable disk with the Spinrite program, so perhaps this is enough, but the guy told me he could not get into safe mode. But this could be a first time user problem.
    I'll see it when I get there.

    I'll go prepared with TDS portexplorer and all the other goodies from DiamondCS plus this spinrite program. Off course I will remove all misery with AV software by Norman and ad-aware AND spybot.
    but for all this to work I need to get ino a clean machine. That's why I need a boot disk (a:) or (C:) but the latter I never tried before...

    Greetings from The Netherlands

    Frans
     
  4. nadirah

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    A suggestion from me: Try Spinrite from www.grc.com, maybe it could help bring your friends computer back to life. :)
    If all fails, then maybe getting a new Pentium 4 would help.
     
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    Hey, i like that website, it should help Frans solve his problems. ;)
     
  7. TheQuest

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    Hi, Fraha

    Try here:- AEFDISK

    Take Care,
    TheQuest :cool:
     
  8. Fraha

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    Thanks for all the quick responses!

    This site is (and i know that for a while now) the greatest.

    Many cookies to you all! ;-)

    Greetings from the Netherlands, the new European champion as off next sunday ;-)

    (hoping and praying!)

    Frans
     
  9. Blackspear

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    Just take your PC to his place and slave his hard drive off your system, when this is done boot up your PC and run a scan on the slaved drive.

    When complete, reboot your PC and run a second scan on the slaved drive.

    This works well at my shop.

    Cheers :D
     
  10. TheQuest

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    Hi, Blackspear

    World Champion Answer.

    Take Care,
    TheQuest :cool:
     
  11. meneer

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    Bootable Windows CD: http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/

    But just for fighting virusses on an xp system, get bitdefender's bootable cd version.
     
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