How to Make a DOS Bootable CD in Windows XP

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How to Make a DOS Bootable CD in Windows XP
Creating a bootable floppy disk is part of the process. (floppy disk image by Randy McKown from

MS-DOS is the command line interface that allows text commands to be entered into the computer system. In cases where Windows is having a problem and will not load on start-up, it's important to have a way to boot up the computer outside of Windows. You can use an MS-DOS boot disk for this purpose. Windows XP does not have an internal feature to create bootable CDs, but you can create a CD in Windows XP that can be used to boot into MS-DOS by making an MS-DOS floppy boot disk and burning a CD with the image of the boot disk.

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Things you need

  • Blank writable CD
  • CD burner or DVD burner
  • 3.5-inch floppy disk
  • 3.5-inch floppy drive

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  1. 1

    Insert a blank 3.5-inch floppy disk into the computer's disk drive.

  2. 2

    Click the "Start" button. Click "My Computer." Right-click on the "A:\" drive. Select "Format."

  3. 3

    Place a check in the box next to "Create an MS-DOS start-up disk." Click the "Start" button. Press "OK" when the message appears on the screen that the process is complete.

  4. 4

    Insert a new writable CD into your CD or DVD burner. Select "Open a writable CD folder" on the menu that comes up.

  5. 5

    Click the "Start" button. Select "My Computer." Select the "A:\" drive.

  6. 6

    Click "Edit" on the top of the "A:\" drive window. Click "Select All."

  7. 7

    Click on any one of the highlighted files. Hold down the mouse button as you move the pointer to the writable CD window. Release the mouse button when the pointer is inside the CD window.

  8. 8

    Click "Write these files to CD" on the CD-writing window. Click "Finish" when Windows indicates the process is complete.

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