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How to boot copy of XP Installation CD

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/ sp2
January 4, 2010 at 05:10:15
Specs: Windows XP 2
I had one original CD of Win XP 2, which now damaged and shows error while used to install.
But I have one copy of the CD in my Hard disk. Now I want to make a bootable CD same as the original, I don't know the procedure how to make.
I did some procedure by which the CD got un-usable.
Please let me know step by step procedure.

Thanks a lot

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January 4, 2010 at 05:34:40
Your "copy" of Windows Setup disc must actually be an "image" thus allowing it to be bootable
Image files are normally ISO or BIN or NRG formats (there are others too, but those are the most common)

You write your image by using an image writer software such as ImgBurn (which happens to be free)

But, in saying the above. You are actually best just replacing the disc
Both computer OEM manufacturers or Microsoft themselves can replace a faulty Setup CD (depending upon if you have OEM or a standard MS Windows disc

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January 4, 2010 at 05:57:55
Need to know below, to help.
1)Is the copy on hdd just the files from the I386 folder?
2)All files and folder from the XP cd ?
3)A image file of the XP cd ? if yes how did you make it ?
4) if #1 or 2 above do you want to slipstream SP3 into the new disk ?

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January 4, 2010 at 23:48:57
2) All files and folders from XP Cd

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January 4, 2010 at 23:52:37
I download 'DeepBurner' from which i create an ISO file and burnt the ISO to CD. The CD is running now as autorun. But when we start the Windows it doesnt ask me 'press any key to boot from CD.
I need this option. then only I can install the OS to other system which has fault.

Pls help

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January 5, 2010 at 00:02:27
2) All files and folders from XP Cd

Since you did not create an image of the Windows Setup CD it cannot be bootable

I have already advised you to replace the disc (either Manufacturer or MS)

But since you haven't done this Best option, then I think you may not own Windows (?)

You can still purchase XP here: (but not for long)

You can see here that older versions are now "deactivated"

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January 5, 2010 at 01:01:58
Pls read my response no. 4

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January 5, 2010 at 01:23:41
That is not all the files

The boot files cannot be copied directly from the CD
You either extract them and then create a bootcd and load them (which I suspect may be difficult for you if never done before)
Or you clone the disk, effectively making an image (ideally ISO format)

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January 5, 2010 at 01:45:37
I created and kept an ISO file in my system.
As advised by you, I have installed ImgBurn.Now please give the detailed procedure.

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January 5, 2010 at 01:53:24
You answered 2 above (?

2) All files and folders from XP Cd

Are you now saying that you had 3 all along ??

"3)A image file of the XP cd ? if yes how did you make it ?"


I'm confused :)

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January 5, 2010 at 01:56:48
Here's a small guide for ImgBurn (I just searched my documents for)

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January 5, 2010 at 02:00:26
Reply for Response 9. : -

Both the methods I did. I created ISO file from a software called Deep Burner.

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January 5, 2010 at 02:22:03
I haven't used "Deep Burner" as I tend to always use free ;)

Anyway, how did it go with following the ImgBurn Guide?

If it still doesn't work, there may be something wrong with your original image creation, you may need to create another.

Although you don't have the disc it seems! to create another image
In line with MS you must own the Windows\RestoreCD or have Windows Setup in a partition on your drive

You need a Windows disc, I have provided 3 options so far for you to get this

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January 5, 2010 at 05:04:23
If you copied the files/folders from cd and then made a ISO file, that will not work to make a correct bootable cd.

Use only the files /folders from cd.
You need the Microsfft Corp. img file for the boot image code. Read below, it is for a different burner but that does not matter. Download the MS.img file and be sure to set your burner with options on lines 6 & 7, it is a must.

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January 5, 2010 at 18:59:14
If you have just copied all the files from the cd to a directory....
all is not lost yet.

You need to remake the cd
Place a boot image on it and all the files you copied over from your cd.


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