But Which Kind Of Boot Disk?
There are at least three types of boot disk. One comes with normal retail copies of the operating system itself. For example, when you buy Windows 98 SE, you'll find something called the "Windows 98 Second Edition Boot Disk" inside the box, along with the CD. It contains the following factory-installed files:
Although the label says "boot disk," it's actually an install disk: It's optimized for the purpose of installing the OS from the CD to your hard disk. It's not optimal for trying to repair an install of Windows that's gone bad, or that you want to alter. (Other versions of Windows have slightly different, but conceptually similar install disks.)
Frankly, I find this kind of boot disk all but useless because it's so limited in its intent and focus.
The "StartUp" Disk
A somewhat different boot disk is the one that Windows creates during install or that you can create from Control Panel's "StartUp Disk" tab. In Win98SE, it contains these files:
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