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.
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Insert the original Windows XP disc into the disc drive. Click "Cancel" on any windows that pop up.
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.
Insert a blank disc after the image file has been created.
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.
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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