Windows® XP CD
How to create a bootable Windows® XP CD – Prerequisites for creating a bootable Windows® XP CD?
Most of the computers that come with Windows® XP preloaded to the system do not come with a Windows® XP setup CD. Those systems may include a Recovery Disk in order to restore the current condition of the PC to the newest condition. However, if you plan or need to reformat the system or want to do a clean installation of Windows® XP operating system, you need a Windows® XP licensed CD. Therefore, you need to create a bootable and usable Windows® XP installation CD. To create this installation CD, you need to know about the perquisites of creating such CD, steps of creating this CD:
- Prerequisites of creating a Windows® XP CD
- Why do you need these?
- Steps to create a Windows® XP CD
Prerequisites of creating a Windows® XP CD
Before you create a Windows® XP CD, you need certain things such as, a Windows® XP system, an I386 Directory (Folder) on the hard disk, license key, device drivers, CD/DVD burning software, Windows® setup CD boot sector.
Why do you need these?
Whether your system runs a Windows® XP Home or Professional edition, you can always create a bootable installation CD for that. An I386 Directory (Folder) on the hard disk is essential for recreating a set-up disk. You need to search for this folder in the system drive and you will find it in the root directory. Most of the PCs bought from major brands such as HP, Dell® or Acer® have this folder unless users have deleted it. Windows® license key comes with a Windows® pre-activated laptop or desktop. This license key can be found as taped somewhere in your PC or underside of the PC. You need to enter this key to activate the machine.
The first and foremost thing you need to do for creating a bootable installation of Windows® XP is to create a temporary folder in the root directory of the ‘C:’ drive and name it ‘ XSETUP’. This folder will be the location where you will create the Windows® XP CD-ROM directory structure. Now, copy ‘C:I386 to C:XPSETUP’ to have ‘C:XPSETUPI386’. Make sure, you copy the folder, do not move so that if you make mistakes, you can start all over again. Next, create an ASCII text file with the word ‘Windows’ in the notepad and hit the ‘Enter’ key. Do not type anything in the file else, Windows® set-up will issue an error message. Save it with the name “WIN51” with the quotes so that text file will not take a .txt extension. If your PC comes with an original Windows® XP Home, make a copy of the file you created and save it as "WIN51IC".