Back in my computer professional days PC's still had 3 1/2 inch floppy drives. I have a 3 1/2 inch bootable disk with formatting capability and a cd with XP, one with win 98 and one with win 95. Now I have a laptop with Linux on it. I want to put one of the legal versions of windows I have on the laptop. The laptop has a disabled(broken) cd/dvd drive and I have hooked up an external cd/dvd drive. I want to boot up from the ext drive and reformat the laptop hard disk. I point the laptop to boot off the ext cd/dvd drive but it will not, says it doesn't recognize the HD(i.e. it isn't formatted). So I need to be able to boot from the cd/dvd drive, format the hard drive and then install windows. What am I doing wrong? I haven't built a computer from scratch in about 10 years so I am behind the curve.
How do I do what I am trying to do?