Can’t boot from my copy

March 21, 2009 at 13:31:29
Specs: Windows XP
Can’t boot from my copy of a Genuine Windows XP

I have (had) a genuine CD of Microsoft Windows XP Professional. When I first bought it, I made a copy for safe keeping on a CD disc.

About a year later I needed to re install Windows BUT could not find my original Windows disc. I then tried to boot from my CD copy BUT it skips past the CD and starts up my “old Windows”

I then checked the bios and made sure that the booting order had the “boot from CD “listed as first.
It still will not boot from the CD.I had expected to get the “press any key” to boot from CD but goes past that.

Any advice would be very much welcome

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March 21, 2009 at 16:05:54
When you first made the copy, did you ever try to boot from it to see if it would work ?

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March 21, 2009 at 16:13:59
To make an xp copy bootable.
First make an ISO then burn the it.

Just doing a copy does not always copy the hidden files on the cd,....but making an ISO will get all the files.

So now you will need to reinstall using a 98se bootdisk with smartdrive,,,,,,google is out there. cd to the X drive a:\ x: enter then cd to i386 then winnt.exe.

When you have the time slipstream a new cd and but the boot files on it.

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March 21, 2009 at 16:14:11
I suspect that you just copied the files from the original to the backupCD. That will not make the copy bootable. You have to use the 'Copy Disk' option of a burner. It will copy the 'boot code' along with all the files.

Installing Windows XP using a non bootable CD and no floppy disks

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March 21, 2009 at 16:19:24
You evidently did something wrong. You CAN copy a genuine Windows CD without any further effort. I have done so many times. That said you are now in trouble.

Try exploring the copy CD to see what files exist on there. Do you remember how you copied the CD?

Did you use a burning program like Nero or Roxio?

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March 21, 2009 at 16:40:40
Thank you for taking the time to come to my rescue. You were a great help.

Jim Godber
Sa Kaeo Thailand

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March 21, 2009 at 18:14:59
I assume the link aegis 1 posted was of help?

If you know someone that has the same version of WinXP as you then borrow their CD and copy it. That is perfectly legal. The installation key is what matters and I assume you have yours.

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