How do I get a boot diskette?

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Bootable floppy disketteIf you need a boot diskette for your computer, review the suggestions below.

  • Ensure that you do not have a manufacturer boot diskette. When computers are purchased from an OEM, the OEM will provide a bootable diskette.
  • If you have purchased an operating system from a retailer, it might have come with a bootable diskette. Or if you have a copy of MS-DOS diskettes, the first diskette in the series of the disks is a bootable diskette.

    Note: Newer computer operating systems, such as Windows 98 and Windows ME, have bootable CDs.

  • If you legally have purchased your copy of an operating system, we recommend that you use a friend's or company's computer to create a boot diskette. Once created and your system is restored, we then recommend that you create a boot diskette on your computer.

    Note: If you create the boot diskette on another computer, make sure that it is intended to boot the specific version of your computer's OS.

Tip: Additional information and help with creating a bootable diskette can be found on our how to create a boot disk page.

Additional information

  • See our boot disk definition for further information and related links on this term.