How to convert a blank CD into a bootable Windows XP boot disk?

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Hello, can you please tell me the detailed process to convert a blank CD into a Bootable CD-ROM? Basically which file makes the blank CD into a Bootable CD? Thanks Regards

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Dear Amardeep, Files needed are for Bootable CD:

  1. Ntldr: It is the boot loader for many versions of windows including Windows XP. It exists simply as “ntldr” on the hard drive or other bootable disc with no file extensions. No device will boot into Windows XP without a usable ntldr file.
  2. Ntdetect.com: Once ntldr has been loaded into memory, it calls ntdetect.com. Ntdetect is a program that detects most of basic hardware, such as a keyboard or mouse, and reports it to the operating system to be loaded.
  3. Boot.ini: Boot.ini contains some of the variables that are used to boot an operating system
  4. Ntbootdd.sys: In order to boot Windows XP from a SCSI device ntbootdd.sys needs to be present
  5. Bootsect.sys: It is a copy of the boot sector that was originally on the drive before Windows was installed. This file is usually made automatically.

Basically there are several ways to making bootable CD

  • If Windows XP source files are already on the computer’s hard drive
  1. Insert your Windows XP CD
  2. If prompted, do not install WindowsXP
  3. Create a directory on the hard drive and copy the entire contents of the CD to that directory, for example, use c:\winxp
  4. Go to the \i386\update directory
  5. Run: update.exe -S:c:\winxp
  6. When it is finished, u will see the message The Integrated install has completed successfully
  7. Now you can copy the c:\winxp directory to a CD to make it bootable

From this you can get Bootable CD

  • For full cd or setup cd, If u have windows XP setup CD, then
  1. Open Nero
  2. Select Copy CD
  3. Mention the speed
  4. Then follow on-screen instructions

Hope it helps you!

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  • Chippy088
    You will not be able to get the whole of a HDD on a cd or dvd disc. What are you going to put on the cd rom that you want to boot your system with? If you could give more information of what you are trying to do, we can give a better answer to your question.
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