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Using Boot Disks

Using a boot disk is really very simple: you put the boot disk into whichever drive is the boot device, and reset the PC. A cold reset via the reset button is preferred to using {Ctrl}+{Alt}+{Delete}, since the latter is just a software reset and will not clear the contents of memory. You could of course cycle the power as well. Just remember to shut down the system properly first before resetting.

When the PC reboots, it should load the operating system from the boot disk. Some PCs will not boot from floppy disks, however. This is usually because floppy disk booting has been disabled via a BIOS setting. If this is the case, you will have to re-enable floppy disk booting to use your disk.

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