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Setup boot disk and startup disk whats the difference?

Discussion in 'A+' started by Professor-Falken, Dec 27, 2006.

  1. Professor-Falken

    Professor-Falken Kilobyte Poster

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    What is the difference between a startup disk and setup boot disk?
    I am little bit confused. I know both enable you to get to an A: prompt and run some disk utilities but I think a setup boot disk enables you to run the setup program from a CD ROM. Or does the setup boot disk allow you to boot the computer and run the Setup program from floppies.

    Could anyone clarify this?

    Thanks,

    Professor Falken
     
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  2. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    IMHO the precise meaning may depend on context. However - my take on these:

    Startup disk: A MSDOS floppy (usualy) that boots to the A: prompts and includes some MSDOS utils. Only really useful for Win9x now.

    Setup Boot Disk: A set of floppies (that you can download from M$) that will get the installation of XP going when your motherboard won't boot the CD.

    If this doesn't fit the context that you saw these terms in we'll need to know more!

    Harry.
     
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  3. Professor-Falken

    Professor-Falken Kilobyte Poster

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    Thats what I thought! Thanks for your help. Could someont else confirm this for me.
     
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  4. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Harry is the second opinion mate. :D

    Si
     
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