A boot disk can be very handy when there is a problem with your computer and you are not able to start the computer properly. The boot disk has all the necessary files required to start up the computer without the computer having to read any data from the hard drive.
A boot disk can be created for any computer running a Windows operating system. If you wanted to create a Windows 2000 boot disk, you will need the Windows 2000 Professional CD and four 1.44MB floppy disks. A Windows 2000 boot disk can be created on any computer that's running a Windows operating system. For example, you could be running Windows 98 on your computer and still be able to create a Windows 2000 boot disk on it.
To create a Windows 2000 boot disk, follow these steps:
- Insert the Windows 2000 Professional CD in the CD-ROM drive.
Click the Start button on the taskbar to open the Start menu.
Click on Run from the Start menu.
In the Run dialog box, there will be an Open text box. In the Open text box, type D:\bootdisk\makeboot.exe a: and then press ENTER.
NOTE: The D:\ in the above command should correspond to the drive your computer identifies as the CD-ROM drive. Make sure you enter the correct drive when entering the command.
The computer will then prompt you to insert each of the 4 floppy disks, one at a time.
Once all 4 disks are done, a message will appear on the screen to let you know that the boot disks were successfully created.
Remove the last disk from the floppy drive and close the DOS window.
As the boot disks are being made, be sure to keep the floppy disks in the order you inserted them. When all four disks are done, it would be a wise idea to label them Windows 2000 boot disk #1, #2, and so on. Also, you should write-protect the disks by sliding the plastic tab on the bottom edge of the disk to reveal a "hole." Write-protecting the disks will ensure that their contents remain intact, never erased and virus-free.
Lastly, you should store the disks in a safe place for easy retrieval whenever you need to use them.