How to Use ImDisk to Boot a Windows XP CD

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How to Use ImDisk to Boot a Windows XP CD
After you've created a disk image, mount it with ImDisk. (cd on cd image by Stephen Kirkby from

ImDisk is one of several programs that run CD image files. The program let you run software from a CD after you transfer it to your hard drive or other digital media. Other similar utilities create and manage permanent virtual disk drives, but ImDisk is a more basic application. Many of its operations use a command-line interface, and it opens disk image files using Microsoft's own Windows Explorer.

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  • Windows XP disk image file

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  1. 1

    Download and install ImDisk Virtual Disk Driver from the link in Resources.

  2. 2

    Click "Yes" at the dialogue box asking you to install the program's command line tool and Control Panel applet.

  3. 3

    Restart your computer. You don't need to restart to install the program, but this ensures that it integrates into Windows Explorer.

  4. 4

    Navigate to the folder that contains your Windows XP CD image file.

  5. 5

    Right-click the image file.

  6. 6

    Click "Mount to Virtual Drive."

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