Solved Existing burnt CD not bootable.Change it to bootable,how?

February 25, 2015 at 09:19:47
Specs: Windows 7
I have created a copy of a Windows 7 CD but the copy version is NOT bootable upon restart.How can I make it bootable?

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February 25, 2015 at 12:02:47
You can't create an ISO file from an installed version of Windows 7. Even if you could, you won't be able to install it because you need an installation key.

If your friend is already running Windows you can't use that copy again.

What are you hoping to do?



#1
February 25, 2015 at 10:25:25
How did you copy it? Windows 7 comes on a DVD. The DVD is NOT copy protected so using the copy function on any burning program should yield a bootable disk.

Are you sure you have the boot order in the BIOS set to boot to the CD/DVD drive BEFORE the hard drive?

You can't make a copy from your installed files. Only from the DVD or burn them from an .ISO file.


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#2
February 25, 2015 at 11:46:46
I didnt burn it. My coworker used his MACbook to burn it.I think he made a copy from his machine.So maybe he copied the installation files instead of an iso but is there a way to edit it to make it bootable without having to burn it from a DVD or iso?

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#3
February 25, 2015 at 11:49:56
Yes I set the boot order to boot from CD as I used another WIN7 to do the installation and that worked. I went on CDburnerXP software and checked the disc information and it says it is not bootable or open. But I wanted to know if any application is on the internet can can edit a burnt CD that is not rewritable to make it bootable although it was burnt not bootable.

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#4
February 25, 2015 at 12:02:47
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You can't create an ISO file from an installed version of Windows 7. Even if you could, you won't be able to install it because you need an installation key.

If your friend is already running Windows you can't use that copy again.

What are you hoping to do?


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#5
February 25, 2015 at 14:43:39
Use Rufus to copy the install & make it bootable.

Change the boot order in the bios to boot from the USB first.

Use your Product number.

Rufus
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.freewarefiles.com/Rufus_...
http://www.freewarefiles.com/screen...
http://rufus.akeo.ie/
UEFI
Select the GPT partition scheme for UEFI computers.


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#6
February 25, 2015 at 16:21:17
Making a CD/DVD bootable is part of the initial process. If there is a way to edit an existing CD to make it bootable (if that's what you mean) then it would be very messy and something I wouldn't advise attempting.

You can create a Win 7 DVD, just choose the right one here:
http://www.howtogeek.com/186775/how...

You should be able to copy an existing Win 7 DVD and the copy should be bootable too. You will still need your current product key before you use it because it would have to be authenticated - no real problem with that though.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#7
February 25, 2015 at 16:23:27
"You can create a Win 7 CD, just choose the right one here:"
Microsoft have withdrawn those links Derek.

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#8
February 25, 2015 at 16:29:54
OK, thanks John. Have struck it out and edited. If they've blocked that one it is a sure bet they've blocked any others that were around.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#9
February 25, 2015 at 16:40:34
Digital River is the official MS Windows download site as per your >
http://www.howtogeek.com/186775/how...

To get W7, you now have to prove you are a legitimate customer.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...

They still have Windows 8/8.1 available for download at Digital River. You then use your product key.

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#10
February 25, 2015 at 17:01:44
OK, thx John - then we still have a method. However it does seem that (whatever method) someone must have purchased Windows OS in the first place. With a pre-install there are other ways forward. I'm not cerain about our posters situation.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#11
February 25, 2015 at 17:43:23
Thank u all. I must repeat, i wasnt trying to get a win7 installation file(s) or win7.I was trying to just make a cd burnt unbootable to become bootable.it could have been any type of software on the cd.

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#12
February 25, 2015 at 17:48:38
The solution is impossible to do.i jus lost a cd.i guess.Rufus didnt work.

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#13
February 25, 2015 at 18:15:29
" I went on CDburnerXP software and checked the disc information and it says it is not bootable or open"

Bootable
http://cdburnerxp.se/help/Data/boot...


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#14
February 25, 2015 at 18:54:40
You (and we) are going to all this trouble because you don't want to throw out a disk you can't use?

Download the iso:

http://www.gegeek.com/documents/3DC...

and buy a compatible DVD-R disk for your burner and make a new one.


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#15
February 26, 2015 at 05:31:42
"You (and we) are going to all this trouble because you don't want to throw out a disk you can't use?"
I am an inventor\engineer and not a wasteful person. Its not just one cd. I have lost many cds\dvds due to burning software not doing the job right or human error, so stop being upset. I'm sure in the next couple years they going to find a way other than Rewritable cds\dvds to do what I am asking.

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#16
February 26, 2015 at 05:35:16
" I went on CDburnerXP software and checked the disc information and it says it is not bootable or open"

Bootable
http://cdburnerxp.se/help/Data/boot...
Thank u JohnW i did this procedure after the cd was burnt so it didnt work. I guess next time I will check it before i burn it.But I did say i didnt burn it this time around but for future cds i will inform my coworker to do this method first.


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#17
February 26, 2015 at 05:40:45
"for future cds i will inform my coworker to do this method first"
Use RW's ITgal.

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#18
February 26, 2015 at 06:02:12
ITgal

To be clear, are you attempting to make a CD or DVD from files that are installed on a computer?

Fair use laws allow you to create an archive copy of legally owned software. I always burn an archive copy and install from that copy. Any burning software, including Windows 7, should be able to perform copying a disk. Exceptions may be entertainment media like music, movies or games.

Also, you keep saying CD. Windows 7 came on a DVD because it is too large to fit on CD media. The terms are not interchangeable. Optical disk is generic term that suits all.


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#19
February 26, 2015 at 15:28:08
ITgal reported in # 3 that she wanted to ". . . edit a burnt CD that is not rewritable to make it bootable. . . " Of course such a thing is not possible. Setting aside for the moment that this inventor/engineer doesn't know the difference between a CD and a DVD disk the only practical thing to do is throw out the disk as you would an empty cereal box and make a new one. I haven't priced DVD-R disks lately. I know they're more than CD-R disks but I imagine you can get one for a dollar or two, maybe less if bought in bulk. Surely the time she wasted on this fruitless endeavor was worth more than that.

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#20
February 26, 2015 at 16:09:26
I find that when making a disk for first time generally wise to use rewritable media as a trial run. If it all works then one can simply copy the successful disk to a one shot (record once only) disk; or repeat the whole process again with the one shot - exactly as for the rewritable media one. Copying the rewritable one is of course the easier route to make the non rewritable version...

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#21
February 26, 2015 at 16:49:59
I'm afraid this post is pretty darned mixed up.

It was supposed to be about a CD yet it must have been a DVD.

We don't know whether it was a DVD-RW or DVD-R, or whether it was finalised. If it was a DVD-R (or DVD+R) and finalised there's no way you can change anything on it afterwards anyhow.

We don't even know what is on it. We are working with this guess "maybe he copied the installation files". This could mean either files were copied off the computer or taken off a Windows 7 DVD. We just don't know.

There seems to be an assumption that if you put a bunch of folders and/or files on a disk you can somehow make it bootable. This is not the case - the right ones have to be in the right place.

I'm sure everyone is eager to help but I can't see how this post can be progressed in this situation. The normal procedure is to create a bootable DVD at the outset, assuming you include the appropriate folders and files, not try to stitch it up afterwards.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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