Boot Windows® XP from a CD
Issues while trying to boot Windows® XP from a CD
Sometimes, users face a lot of problems if they have been using their operating system for a long time. Their systems become very slow, files keep getting corrupt and many such problems. However, many a times, such problems may arise even if the operating system has been recently installed. As is the case with all the available operating systems, users of Windows® XP can face the same problems. One simple and very useful resolution is to boot your Windows® XP operating system by using a boot CD. Boot CD is like any other CD, however, it is used to load and boot an operating system or any other program.
Issues faced while booting Windows® XP from a CD are discussed below:
- Trying to boot from a non-bootable source
- Corrupt NTLDR and/or NTDETECT.COM file
- Badly corrupted copy of Windows® XP
Trying to boot from a non-bootable source
This is a common error which occurs when the computer is set to boot from a non-bootable CD. Apart from the boot CD, make sure that there are no additional outside hardware currently in use. Any card reader or USB drives, cameras, iPod®, etc., should be disconnected before attempting to boot the system. Secondly, make sure that your system BIOS has its boot settings in order. Follow the on-screen instructions carefully and quickly, for instance, if you get “Press any key to boot from the CD”, you should promptly press any key so that the system boots from the CD and not from, say, the hard drive.
Corrupt NTLDR and/or NTDETECT.COM file
If you are facing the NTLDR error, insert the Windows® XP bootable CD into the drive. After that, press a key when prompted to do so. Go to the Windows® XP set-up menu and press the ‘R’ key then, log into Windows® installation by pressing the ‘1’ key and pressing ‘Enter’ after that. You need to then key in the administrator’s password when prompted by the system. Then, copy e:i386ntldr c: and e:i386ntdetect.com c: files to the root directory of your main hard disk. After you have done all this, take out the CD from your computer drive and begin to reboot.
If you keep facing error after error, even after trying every possible solution to the errors, it might be that you have a corrupted copy of Windows® XP. In that case, the only possible solution for you would be to reinstall Windows® XP into your system. Additionally, you might have to totally wipe out your computer’s hard disk drive, in case you are facing this problem while the set-up is in motion.