My XP doesn't boot from CD

May 11, 2009 at 09:22:16
Specs: Windows XP SP1
Hello Guys,
I lost my windows XP SP1 original CD. However, I've saved the whole cd in my external Hard Drive before, as a habit from win 98. My local HD crashed yesterday. I burned the Win XP files in my external hd to a CD and tried to start it but it never succeeded to read it. However if I insert it in another computer, I can see the files. Maybe my cd rom has crashed too. I tried to copy all the files to my local hd using another computer, too, but the installation didn't start from local HD either. And I don't have flopy drive. Any suggestion how to install XP from local or usb hard drive without flopy disk drive?

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#1
May 11, 2009 at 09:29:29
It sounds like you copied the entire contents of the XP disc to the ext HDD rather than creating an image (ISO) file. If so, copying the files back to a disc will not work unless you make disc bootable.

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#2
May 11, 2009 at 09:38:50
How can I make it bootable? If it will help, I created two partitions on the local hard drive, just in case. I tried to download start up disks but they require 6 flopy to start to create the boot disk.

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#3
May 11, 2009 at 09:46:19
ok the cd its not bootable! download magiciso and u can make it bootable by the option menu! then burn it into a cd and try again!

cheers


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#4
May 11, 2009 at 09:50:55
Thank you guys, I will try it. I appreciate the information.

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#5
May 11, 2009 at 10:19:38
I downloaded the software, but unfortunately couldn't really figure out what I am supposed to do :( A little more help, please, about how to do, and what to do with magiciso?

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#6
May 11, 2009 at 10:36:58
ok forget the magiciso its complicated.. just download Nlite from here http://nliteos.pcrpg.org/nlite/nLit...
install it and run it... Click next when u select the language and on the next step u have to select the windows xp file destination! when u select it and press next ignore the presets option and click next! there u`ll see multiple otpions to click and the last one it says bootable iso! click it and press next! there u can create ur iso image and burn it to a cd! u are ready to go :)

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#7
May 11, 2009 at 12:19:26
What burning software do you currently have?

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#8
May 11, 2009 at 16:09:19
I did everything as you said, a few times. I had a iso file of 540MB which I named Insanity.iso after you :) and when I burned it with the windows setup files together, it came over 1 GB; so I put it on a DVD. But it didn't start the setup.. I miss the FAT32 and old windows, everything was easier :( Anyway, thanks a lot for your help and your time for trying to explaine me the steps. It seems like it is the time for me to switch to ubuntu...

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#9
May 11, 2009 at 16:11:56
I have Nero

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#10
May 12, 2009 at 15:43:18
Finally I could manage it.. Nlite was a very simple and easy to use software to create iso image. Specially with your explenations "insanity". Thanks. Burning iso file on a cd as it was did not work, yesterday :) That's what I actually did at the first try. It may sound funny for experts like you :))) Anyway, today I burned the image with infrarecorder, a free very simple burning software. Now, finally I had my XP installation CD. Thanks everyone for your help and time...

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