How to use winimage to create a boot disk

Written by j.s. copper
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WinImage is a utility for the Windows operating system that allows the user to extract an ISO image from a physical CD or DVD. An ISO image is an exact digital replication of a physical disc, which can then be applied to a blank CD or DVD to recreate the original file. With WinImage, you can borrow a friend’s boot disk and extract the image to create your own. It is a smart idea to have a boot disk on hand, as it is extremely helpful during those moments when the operating system starts to act up.

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Things you need

  • Boot CD
  • Blank CD

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  1. 1

    Download WinImage (see Resources) and install the application on your Windows machine.

  2. 2

    Insert the borrowed boot CD into the computer’s optical drive.

  3. 3

    Open WinImage. Select “Disk” from the navigation toolbar. Select “Create CD-ROM ISO Image.” Select the CD/DVD drive from the sources list. Enter a name for the boot disk image. Select “OK” to begin creating the boot disk image. Once complete, you will have created an image of a boot disk. This image can then be used to create a new boot disc.

  4. 4

    Remove the original boot CD and insert a blank CD into the computer’s disc burner.

  5. 5

    Double-click the created ISO image to launch the Windows 7 Burn Disc Image utility. Select the proper burning drive and click “Burn.” Once finished, you will have successfully created a boot disc using WinImage.

Tips and warnings

  • The initial steps can be completed with any version of Windows (that WinImage is compatible with), but the process of burning the ISO image to disc requires additional CD burning applications for versions previous to Windows 7.

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