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Old 02-09-2005, 10:27 PM   #1
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Default How are OS's installed w/o Floppy?

Say I got a laptop without a floppy drive or cd drive or anythign and it has Windows 95. How did they Install the OS? was it programmed into the motherboard? Just a curious question I don't actually have a laptop or anything like that nor have I run 95.
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Old 02-10-2005, 10:33 AM   #2
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you can boot from CD's...

also most laptops have modular drives and so the CD drive can be taken out and swapped with a floppy drive..
also there are laptop drive adaptors that allow internal laptop drives to be powered and read from the parallel port.
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well also they could have just preinstalled everything on the hard drive before they put it into the laptop and then had a script that deleted everything that is not for the laptop afterwards.
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well also they could have just preinstalled everything on the hard drive before they put it into the laptop and then had a script that deleted everything that is not for the laptop afterwards.
Thats right I didn't think of that but for laptops and desktops aren't there seperate kinds of hard drives? If not then technically I could Install XP on my Hard Drive on my desktop and move the Hard Drive to the laptop.....I don't know why I didn't think of that.
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Windows XP has the Formatter and Installer all on a CD. It does it all.
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Windows 2000 does pretty much the same.. yeah my floppy drive gave out.. I never did replace it lol.
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They are pretty superfluous. Laptops have been working with Floppies for ages.
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on my bios it has a option to "boot from network" could it of just installed itsself from the network???
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You'd need some very serious Server Systems to have your Computer Boot from the Network.
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