September 28, 2001, 12:00 AM — I recently said that an MS-DOS boot disk couldn't be created in Windows
2000. As several readers pointed out, this isn't quite true. An MS-DOS
boot disk can be created using files located on the Windows 2000
Insert the Windows 2000 Professional CD. Open a command prompt and
switch to the CD by typing in the drive letter and pressing Enter. Type:
Press Enter. Now insert a disk into Drive A and then type:
Press Enter. After the disk is created, you can delete the unnecessary
files from the floppy.
We decided to use Windows Explorer to copy the files in
\Valueadd\3rdparty\Ca_Antiv to a new folder on Drive C (Boot_disk).
Then we created a new batch file to generate the boot disk and
automatically delete the unnecessary non-system files.
To create the batch file, run Notepad and enter the following:
fd144 a: avboot
attrib a:*.* -r >null
Choose File, Save As, and name the file bootdisk.cmd. Save bootdisk.cmd
in the Drive C folder that contains the contents of
To create a boot floppy, insert a disk into Drive A and double-click
bootdisk.cmd. If you need to create a boot disk very often, then you
can place a bootdisk.cmd shortcut on your desktop or in the Quick
Windows XP Professional will create an MS-DOS boot disk. Just right-
click Drive A in My Computer and choose Format. When the Format dialog
box opens, select the 'Create an MS-DOS startup disk' check box and