How To Create Windows XP/Vista Bootable Disk

How to create a bootable Windows XP SP1 CD (Nero):

Tip :You can replace XP SP1 with SP2 and 3 as mentioned in disk files.

Step 1

Create 3 folders – C:\WINXPSP1, C:\SP1106 and C:\XPBOOT

Step 2

Copy the entire Windows XP CD into folder C:\WINXPSP1

Step 3

You will have to download the SP1 Update, which is 133MB.

Rename the Service Pack file to XP-SP1.EXE

Extract the Service Pack from the Run Dialog using the command:

C:\XP-SP1.EXE -U -X:C:\SP1106

Step 4

Open Start/Run… and type the command:

C:\SP1106\update\update.exe -s:C:\WINXPSP1

Click OK

Folder C:\WINXPSP1 contains: Windows XP SP1

Step 1




( no download manager !! )

Extract file (xpboot.bin) in to the folder C:\XPBOOT

Step 2

Start Nero – Burning Rom.

Select File > New… from the menu.

1.) Select CD-ROM (Boot)

2.) Select Image file from Source of boot image data

3.) Set Kind of emulation: to No Emulation

4.) Set Load segment of sectors (hex!): to 07C0

5.) Set Number of loaded sectors: to 4

6.) Press the Browse… button

Step 3

Select All Files (*.*) from File of type:

Locate boot.bin in the folder C:\XPBOOT

Step 4

Click ISO tab

Set File-/Directory length to ISO Level 1 (Max. of 11 = 8 + 3 chars)

Set Format to Mode 1

Set Character Set to ISO 9660

Check all Relax ISO Restrictions

Step 5

Click Label Tab

Select ISO9660 from the drop down box.

Enter the Volume Label as WB2PFRE_EN

Enter the System Identifier as WB2PFRE_EN

Enter the Volume Set as WB2PFRE_EN

Enter the Publisher as MICROSOFT CORPORATION

Enter the Data Preparer as MICROSOFT CORPORATION

Enter the Application as WB2PFRE_EN

* For Windows XP Professional OEM substitute WB2PFRE_EN with WXPOEM_EN

* For Windows XP Home OEM substitute WB2PFRE_EN with WXHOEM_EN

Step 6

Click Burn tab

Check Write

Check Finalize CD (No further writing possible!)

Set Write Method to Disk-At-Once

Press New button

Step 7

Locate the folder C:\WINXPSP1

Select everything in the folder and drag it to the ISO compilation panel.

Click the Write CD Dialog button.

Press Write

And you are done. I guess this simple tutorial can help you to learn to make bootable CD for XP.

Amol Wagh

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