How to Create a Bootable Windows XP CD With Nero Burning ROM

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How to Create a Bootable Windows XP CD With Nero Burning ROM
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In order to create a bootable Windows XP disc, the user will need the original Windows XP disc to extract a bootable image. Using an image file (ISO) extraction program to create the bootable file, Nero can easily create a bootable Windows XP CD from that image. Doing so, allows the user to backup their installation disc should anything happen to the original.

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Things you need

  • Windows XP Installation disc
  • Nero Burning application
  • Blank CD+/-R
  • MagicISO

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  1. 1

    Download and install MagicISO. MagicISO allows the user to extract the boot image from the installation disc, which is needed to create the bootable CD.

  2. 2

    Open MagicISO. Insert the original Windows XP installation disc.

  3. 3

    Select "Tools" > "Make ISO from CD/DVD-ROM."

  4. 4

    Select the CD-ROM drive from the "Source" drop-down menu. Enter a name for the file. Select the radio button for "Export Boot Image" and select "OK." Quit MagicISO once the process completes.

  5. 5

    Remove the original CD. Insert a blank CD into the optical drive.

  6. 6

    Open Nero. Select "File" > "Burn Image..." and browse for the image file created in the previous step. Select your CD burner when prompted.

  7. 7

    Click "Burn/Write" to begin the process of creating the bootable XP CD. Once complete, you can remove the CD and exit the application.

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