Hi Ron, I don't know of any other use for the disk, they are intended as an altenative boot method. To get you to the point of having a working CD if I understand them correctly. MS released them after XP had been released, I don't think they show up as an option during the instalation of XP. Mike moderator 24hoursupport mike@xxxxxxxxx *********** REPLY SEPARATOR *********** On 02/03/2003 at 12:15 PM Ron Allen wrote: M> The Setup boot disks are available so that you can run Setup on computers M> that do not support a bootable CD-ROM. M> If your computer does support booting from a CD-ROM, or if network-based M> installation is available, Microsoft recommends that you use those M> installations methods instead. M> Future products will no longer support installation via the setup boot M> disks. Sounds like these disks are not necessary _except_ during the installation process, and only then when you have an older/cheaper CD-ROM drive that is incapable of being the boot device. Do these disks have any diagnostic value later? Ron For a web-based membership management utility and information on list policies, please see http://nibec.com/24hoursupport/ To unsubscribe, send a blank email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with "unsubscribe" (without quotes) in the subject.