How to tell if CD-ROM is bootable?

I'm upgrading my motherboard and I know that I will have to re-install XP which will require a boot disk to make sure my CD-ROM is recognized, but the problem is I don't even have a floppy drive hooked up to my computer, so I can't have a boot disc. I've heard that if the CD-ROM drive is bootable then I can just forget the boot disc and go straight to installing XP. Any help on how I can find this?
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  1. Did you try rearranging your boot order in your BIOS, and then just booting your WinXP CD instead?

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  2. Agreed. Live dangerously: put the CD in and see if your computer will boot from it.

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  3. I have a boot menu that lets me select what drive I can boot from, one is the cd-rom drive, one is the harddrive and I don't know what the other one is. I don't have the actual Windows XP disc right now, I just have the CD to re-install.
  4. Check out www.bootdisk.com for more info
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