First off I would check with symantec and see if version 8.0 works on xp. second issue are you using an internal or external cd burner? What I do is create a image and then sysprep it. I boot the pc with a internal cd-burner using a ghost floppy disk. I choose to image and then point to my cd-burner from the drop down menu. It should ask if you want to make the cd bootable. If you want to leave the floppy disk in and it will copy the boot files off of it. This is what I do. Hope it helps.