Bootable drive?

i have a Lite On 24X…here’s the problem…i have Windows XP and need to format my hard drive…as we all know XP didn’t come with a boot disk creator…instead the CD is bootable…what i need to know is can my CD ROM drive boot so i can install XP once i formatted?? ( i also found the program to make boot disks…but i did it and tested them and they didn’t work…i guess if all else fails i could format those disks and try it again…)

thanks for your help

Yes your CDRom drive may be used to off the Win XP CD. You may have to go into your bios to enable it. If all else fails goto the Microsoft website and download their official set of bootdisks for Win Xp