After all, the executable is freely available at Microsoft's web site. I'm just trying to keep from having to insert floppy after floppy. It's much more convenient to have the boot files for a clean installation on a CD. I'm always reformatting my drive for one reason or another and it's a pain to have to keep using the floppies when I want to reinstall XP.
Since the release of Windows 2000, the boot disks have been a pain...
If you have a friend with Windows 98, have them create a startup disk for you. Make sure to also copy smartdrv.exe from their Windows directory to this floppy. This exercise is pointless if you don't.
Use this disk for booting. Before installing, run smartdrv.exe for faster access to the hard drive.