Press ‘F6’ and insert floppy Disk … Doh!

I have an irrational hatred for floppy disks, whenever I build a Pc for myself or a friend I refuse to fit one. Why does microsoft insist on relying upon them for installing 3rd Party RAID Drivers for their latest operating systems (XP, 2003)?

I purchased a Mitsumi USB floppy drive (£15) and was able to load the drivers from it after pressing F6.