How to Burn a Bootable XP CD Using ImgBurn

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How to Burn a Bootable XP CD Using ImgBurn
Create a bootable Windows XP disc. (disc image by Sergey Yakovenko from

Operating systems such as Microsoft Windows XP require discs that have a special section on them that allows them to start up a computer. These are slightly different from data discs and require special programs to burn them. Simply copying the files from the original disc to a new disc won't work. The disc must be copied as a full disc image in order to boot a computer. You can do this easily with software called ImgBurn.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Insert the original Windows XP disc into the disc drive. Click "Cancel" on any windows that pop up.

  2. 2

    Open the ImgBurn software. Click the "Create Image File From Disc" button. Click the green disc icon to begin the transfer. This step creates a temporary image file for the final copied disc.

  3. 3

    Insert a blank disc after the image file has been created.

  4. 4

    Click the "Write Image File to Disc" button. Select the disc image file created in Step 2. Click the red icon to begin the disc-burning process.

  5. 5

    Boot the computer from the copied disc.

Tips and warnings

  • To make copies, ImgBurn needs a source such as a legal Microsoft Windows XP disc. Creating a personal backup ensures your original media is safe.
  • The copied disc is an exact replica of the original disc and must use the same Windows CD-key license to be legal.

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