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I have downloaded Windows XP Home Edition Utility: Setup Disks for Floppy
Boot Install from the MSDN download centre.
I have run the executable WinXP_EN_Home_BF.exe and produced the 6 Startup
floppy disks.
When I boot my PC using the startup floppy disks I get the following error
on disk #5 "Corrupt CDRom.sys"

Where can I get a version that works error free?
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    I have a few questions.

    (Since what you did was exactly correct)

    Why can't you boot off the cd?
    Most of the reasons that spring to my mind would indicate a shady situation.
    I am not saying that is the case.

    Did you try a new floppy?
    I am a big floppy disk hater. I have boxes and boxes of specialized boot
    disks and they get extensive usage and the darn things go bad all the time.
    Hate em.

    --
    Manny Borges
    MCSE NT4-2003 (+ Security)
    MCT, Certified Cheese Master

    The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with.
    -- Marty Feldman
    "Garry Harrison" <Garry Harrison@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:B949BE31-2E01-4154-B0B5-9063A79B786F@microsoft.com...
    >I have downloaded Windows XP Home Edition Utility: Setup Disks for Floppy
    > Boot Install from the MSDN download centre.
    > I have run the executable WinXP_EN_Home_BF.exe and produced the 6 Startup
    > floppy disks.
    > When I boot my PC using the startup floppy disks I get the following error
    > on disk #5 "Corrupt CDRom.sys"
    >
    > Where can I get a version that works error free?
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Where can I download a CD image from.
    I have search MSDN and only found down load for a floopy boot

    "Manny Borges" wrote:

    > I have a few questions.
    >
    > (Since what you did was exactly correct)
    >
    > Why can't you boot off the cd?
    > Most of the reasons that spring to my mind would indicate a shady situation.
    > I am not saying that is the case.
    >
    > Did you try a new floppy?
    > I am a big floppy disk hater. I have boxes and boxes of specialized boot
    > disks and they get extensive usage and the darn things go bad all the time.
    > Hate em.
    >
    > --
    > Manny Borges
    > MCSE NT4-2003 (+ Security)
    > MCT, Certified Cheese Master
    >
    > The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with.
    > -- Marty Feldman
    > "Garry Harrison" <Garry Harrison@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:B949BE31-2E01-4154-B0B5-9063A79B786F@microsoft.com...
    > >I have downloaded Windows XP Home Edition Utility: Setup Disks for Floppy
    > > Boot Install from the MSDN download centre.
    > > I have run the executable WinXP_EN_Home_BF.exe and produced the 6 Startup
    > > floppy disks.
    > > When I boot my PC using the startup floppy disks I get the following error
    > > on disk #5 "Corrupt CDRom.sys"
    > >
    > > Where can I get a version that works error free?
    >
    >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    You can't download a valid cd image unless you go ahead and buy an MSDN,
    TEchnet, or OEM subscritpion.

    Or if you want to download a trial version.

    Don't you have the a real cd?

    --
    Manny Borges
    MCSE NT4-2003 (+ Security)
    MCT, Certified Cheese Master

    The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with.
    -- Marty Feldman
    "Garry Harrison" <GarryHarrison@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:94E3AA12-A945-4274-8432-6BEA46466A19@microsoft.com...
    > Where can I download a CD image from.
    > I have search MSDN and only found down load for a floopy boot
    >
    > "Manny Borges" wrote:
    >
    >> I have a few questions.
    >>
    >> (Since what you did was exactly correct)
    >>
    >> Why can't you boot off the cd?
    >> Most of the reasons that spring to my mind would indicate a shady
    >> situation.
    >> I am not saying that is the case.
    >>
    >> Did you try a new floppy?
    >> I am a big floppy disk hater. I have boxes and boxes of specialized boot
    >> disks and they get extensive usage and the darn things go bad all the
    >> time.
    >> Hate em.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Manny Borges
    >> MCSE NT4-2003 (+ Security)
    >> MCT, Certified Cheese Master
    >>
    >> The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write
    >> with.
    >> -- Marty Feldman
    >> "Garry Harrison" <Garry Harrison@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
    >> message
    >> news:B949BE31-2E01-4154-B0B5-9063A79B786F@microsoft.com...
    >> >I have downloaded Windows XP Home Edition Utility: Setup Disks for
    >> >Floppy
    >> > Boot Install from the MSDN download centre.
    >> > I have run the executable WinXP_EN_Home_BF.exe and produced the 6
    >> > Startup
    >> > floppy disks.
    >> > When I boot my PC using the startup floppy disks I get the following
    >> > error
    >> > on disk #5 "Corrupt CDRom.sys"
    >> >
    >> > Where can I get a version that works error free?
    >>
    >>
    >>
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    On Fri, 16 Sep 2005 07:35:06 -0400, "Manny Borges"
    <manny_borges@hotmail.com> wrote:

    > I am a big floppy disk hater. I have boxes and boxes of specialized boot
    > disks and they get extensive usage and the darn things go bad all the time.
    > Hate em.

    I couldn't concur more, yet more than two decades ago, I used nothing but
    floppies for years - with far less problems.


    I think it's a combination of some poor choices.

    1) Preformatted floppies: were a bad thing way back when someone first came
    up with the idea, and still are.
    Minor differences in head alignment cause more errors than you'd have with
    a floppy that's formatted in the same drive you're using it in.

    Besides that, I strongly suspect that preformatted floppies are formatted
    with speed and cost as primary objectives, not signal quality.

    2) NT/W2k/XP choosing NOT to reformat a floppy when you tell them to.
    If the disk was previously formatted and track 0 is still readable, they
    just do a surface scan and mark bad sectors bad.

    3) Drive manufacturers using a lot more plastic and making metal parts less
    sturdy than they did 15 years ago, resulting in head alignment going off
    specs much sooner. If you can still find one, just compare the weight of a
    drive from the IBM PC era (or older) to one you buy today.


    So what I usually do, before using a floppy: bulk erase it, reformat it,
    and [try to] write to it *only* in the drive that was used to format it.

    That is, as far as I still use them. This machine I'm on now doesn't even
    have a floppy drive anymore. I've started hating the things.
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Lucvdv wrote:
    >
    > specs much sooner. If you can still find one, just compare the weight of a
    > drive from the IBM PC era (or older) to one you buy today.

    I have some 5 1/4 drives that must weigh 5 or more pounds. Built like a
    tank.
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    LOL. I thought I was the only one with any of those still kicking around.

    Got a ds conversion kit (ie hole punch) too.

    I use em as props in a few classes I teach.

    ***Trivia question: why were 3.5 inch floppies 3.5 inches?

    But seriously. I HATE floppies.

    On the flip side, I LOVE mini CDS. Same size, but much more storage and lot
    faster to boot off of.

    The floppy is dead, and I for one am tickled pink about that.

    --
    Manny Borges
    MCSE NT4-2003 (+ Security)
    MCT, Certified Cheese Master

    The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with.
    -- Marty Feldman
    "Plato" <|@|.|> wrote in message
    news:432ae0ce$0$240$bb4e3ad8@newscene.com...
    > Lucvdv wrote:
    >>
    >> specs much sooner. If you can still find one, just compare the weight of
    >> a
    >> drive from the IBM PC era (or older) to one you buy today.
    >
    > I have some 5 1/4 drives that must weigh 5 or more pounds. Built like a
    > tank.
    >
    >
  7. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    On Fri, 16 Sep 2005 04:45:04 -0700, "Garry Harrison"
    <GarryHarrison@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    > Where can I download a CD image from.
    > I have search MSDN and only found down load for a floopy boot

    A windows XP Home CD is bootable.
    The floppies are no use without the CD, so I assume you already have one.

    You need the floppy boot only if your BIOS doesn't support booting from CD
    (which I can't imagine with any recent hardware).

    Probably, all you have to do is change the boot order in the BIOS, so it
    will still boot from CD even if your harddisk contains an OS.
  8. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Manny Borges wrote:
    >
    > Got a ds conversion kit (ie hole punch) too.

    A rectangle punch, actually.

    > ***Trivia question: why were 3.5 inch floppies 3.5 inches?

    Because a 4 incher didnt fit in the developers shirt pocket.
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