I downloaded a boot disk file from Microsoft. When decompressed, this would provide the information necessary to use the cd-rom for reinstallation of the Win XP os. The files were copied to a series of 6x3.5" floppy diskettes.
With the first disk, I got an error message that the disk was unreadable. I removed this disk. Restarted the computer.
Windows XP booted up normally.
I believe this is another example of "the ghost in the machine". The system should not have worked, but did.
I have no idea what I have done to accomplish this. Usually with the ghost, the machine is malfunctioning, but nobody can figure out why. In my case the machine was functioning, and I cannot figure out why. Obviously I am not a computer expert, but am glad that it appears I will not have to invest in another copy of the Windows XP os.
Is there a "knock-on-wood" icon??
I am interesting in hearing what the real computer experts have to say about this.How could this happen? There must be a simple explantion which I fail to realize.
Grats again for your input.